A Council of Dolls by Mona Susan Power

A Council of Dolls

A Council of Dolls

  • Hardcover
  • Mariner Books (2023)
  • SKU: 9780063281097
Regular price $30.00
/

The long-awaited, profoundly moving, and unforgettable new novel from PEN Award-winning Native American author Mona Susan Power, spanning three generations of Yanktonai Dakota women from the 19th century to the present day.

From the mid-century metropolis of Chicago to the windswept ancestral lands of the Dakota people, to the bleak and brutal Indian boarding schools, A Council of Dolls is the story of three women, told in part through the stories of the dolls they carried.... Sissy, born 1961: Sissy's relationship with her beautiful and volatile mother is difficult, even dangerous, but her life is also filled with beautiful things, including a new Christmas present, a doll called Ethel. Ethel whispers advice and kindness in Sissy's ear, and in one especially terrifying moment, maybe even saves Sissy's life. Lillian, born 1925: Born in her ancestral lands in a time of terrible change, Lillian clings to her sister, Blanche, and her doll, Mae. When the sisters are forced to attend an "Indian school" far from their home, Blanche refuses to be cowed by the school's abusive nuns. But when tragedy strikes the sisters, the doll Mae finds her way to defend the girls. Cora, born 1888: Though she was born into the brutal legacy of the "Indian Wars," Cora isn't afraid of the white men who remove her to a school across the country to be "civilized." When teachers burn her beloved buckskin and beaded doll Winona, Cora discovers that the spirit of Winona may not be entirely lost...

A modern masterpiece, A Council of Dolls is gorgeous, quietly devastating, and ultimately hopeful, shining a light on the echoing damage wrought by Indian boarding schools, and the historical massacres of Indigenous people. With stunning prose, Mona Susan Power weaves a spell of love and healing that comes alive on the page.

More from Featured Books
Coexistence: Stories by Billy-Ray Belcourt
Coexistence: Stories
Billy-Ray Belcourt
$15.99
How the Birds Got Their Songs by Travis Zimmerman
How the Birds Got Their Songs
Travis Zimmerman
$17.95
Moon of the Turning Leaves by Waubgeshig Rice
Moon of the Turning Leaves
Waubgeshig Rice
$30.00
A Family Tree by Staci Lola Drouillard
A Family Tree
Staci Lola Drouillard
$19.99
Sisters of the Lost Nation by Nick Medina
Sisters of the Lost Nation
Nick Medina
$18.00
Recently viewed