A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (Prebound)

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Secrets, lies, and betrayal as well as deep love is at the heart of Yellow Raft in Blue water. Three generations of women, Rayona, the half black daughter of rebellious Christine and Aunt Ida the woman who raised Christine as her own, come together in kinship on a dusty Indian reservation in Montana. Each woman has a distinct section in this novel to tell her story– Rayona, 15, trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs, Christina– who fiercely loves her daughter, yet abandons her, and then there is “Aunt” Ida who raised Christine as her own, and has her own tightly held secret.

— Lyn


Michael Dorris has crafted a fierce saga of three generations of Indian women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of kinship. Starting in the present day and moving backward, the novel is told in the voices of the three women: fifteen-year-old part-black Rayona; her American Indian mother, Christine, consumed by tenderness and resentment toward those she loves; and the fierce and mysterious Ida, mother and grandmother whose haunting secrets, betrayals, and dreams echo through the years, braiding together the strands of the shared past.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812468113
ISBN-10: 0812468112
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Publication Date: March 1st, 2003
Pages: 384
Language: English