Title: The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
First printing. Flat SIGNED by Louise Erdrich on the title page. The volume is lightly bumped on the spine ends. The unclipped dust jacket, sleeved in mylar, is fine. Bookseller Inventory # 16011814
Synopsis: The author of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and Tracks continues the saga of contemporary Native American life, connecting the stories with the character of Lipsha Morrissey who falls in love with beautiful Shawnee Ray. Reprint. $60,000 ad/promo. NYT.
Review: Mothers often cling to single moments, small gestures, and specific memories in order to grasp all that happens in the first blurry year of a baby's life. In The Blue Jay's Dance, writer Louise Erdrich has assembled a photo album of snapshots such as these: the days and images that collectively define the passion, ambivalence, yearnings, and satisfactions of carrying, birthing, and nurturing a baby. "Any sublime effort has its dark moments," says Erdrich, referring to a rather bleak snapshot of mother isolation. "Perhaps, if anything, the meaning in this book for others may be this: Here is a job in which it is not unusual to be, at the same instant, wildly joyous and profoundly stressed." The Blue Jay's Dance is a fresh and masterful book that avoids all the sticky clichés while still managing to articulate the depths of mother-baby love.
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