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General Information

Name:  Susan Power  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1961 in Chicago, Illilnois

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Illinois Connection

Power was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Power is a Standing Rock Sioux from Chicago. She earned her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. After a short career in law, she decided to become a writer, starting her career by earning an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop.Her short fiction has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, Voice Literary Supplement, Ploughshares, Story, and The Best American Short Stories 1993. She teaches at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.


The Grass Dancer won the Ernest Hemmingway Foundation Award in 1995 for Best First Fiction

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Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1571310398. OCLC Number: 49679373

Milkweed Editions,. .

Roofwalker evokes a world in which spirits and the living commingle and Sioux culture and modern life collide with disarming power, humor, and joy. The characters grapple with potent forces of family, history, and belief - forces that at times dare them to do more to feed their identity, and at times simply paralyze them. Rich with women who do things, this book gives voice to characters who make space for contradictions in their lives with varying success and, by extension, live the Indian way to varying degrees.--Jacket.

Strong heart society.
ISBN: 9780399142123. OCLC Number: 876542845

Putnam Publishing,. .

The grass dancer
ISBN: 9781501284359. OCLC Number: 927464430

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Back in the 1860s, Ghost Horse, a handsome young heyo'ka, or sacred clown, loved and lost the beautiful warrior woman Red Dress. Since then, their spirits have sought desperately to be reunited, and it is the ceaseless playing out of this drama that shapes the sometimes violent fate of those who have come after them. Now, in the 1980s, Charlene Thunder, a teenage descendant of Red Dress, is in love with Harley Wind Soldier, the dashing traditional dancer of Ghost Horse's lineage. When Harley's redheaded soul mate, Pumpkin, dies in a crash, Charlene guiltily suspects her own grandmother, the notorious witch Anna Thunder, of causing it - as she well may have caused the collision that claimed Harley's father and brother, which even today obsesses him.

The grass dancer /
ISBN: 0425159531. OCLC Number: 29565681

Putnam's,. .

A multi-generational saga of the Sioux Indians, mixing magic and reality. Set in the Dakotas, it begins in the 1860s with the tragic romance of Ghost Horse, a sacred clown, and Red Dress, a woman warrior, whose spirits seek desperately to be reunited.