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Susan Power

Born: 1961 in Chicago, Illilnois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Power was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Biography: 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.


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

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Email: spower01@hamline.edu
Susan Power on WorldCat : http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=susan+power


Selected Titles

Roofwalker
ISBN: 1571310398 OCLC: 49679373

Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, Minn. : 2002.

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: 876542845

Putnam Publishing, 1997.

  The grass dancer
ISBN: 9781501284359 OCLC: 927464430

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: 29565681

Putnam's, New York : ©1994.

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.

 

 

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