I also think the same can be true about a person, or persons, that we find ourselves inextricably linked to in our lives. These are people, often family or close friends that we spend time with, maybe grow up living alongside, and believe we come to know and understand thoroughly. In this lovely and contemplative novel by Michael Dorris, we learn about three generations of women, a daughter, a mother, and a grandmother.
His father died before Dorris was born reportedly by suicide during WWIIand Dorris was raised as an only child by his mother, who became a secretary for the Democratic Party. Even so, there is no record of a Dorris having been enrolled as an Indian citizen on the Klamath rolls.
She later married a white man named Dorris. Dorris' struggle to understand and care for his son became the subject of his work The Broken Cord in which he uses the pseudonym "Adam" for his son. Dorris adopted two more Native American children, Jeffrey Sava in and Madeline Hannah inboth of whom also likely suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome.
Farber in the book Native Americans: Five Hundred Years After The family lived in Cornish, New Hampshire. Dorris and Erdrich took Sava to court for attempted felony theft. The first jury deadlocked, and the next year Sava was acquitted of the charges.
In conversations with friends, Dorris maintained his innocence and his lack of faith that the legal system would exonerate him without his "demolishing" his wife and children in a "vicious" court trial.
His Yellow Raft in Blue Water has been named among the "finest literary debuts of the late 20th century. Like his other work, the novels explore issues of identity as well as sibling rivalry.Michael Anthony Dorris (January 30, – April 10, ) was an American novelist and scholar who was the first Chair of the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth.
His works include the memoir The Broken Cord () and the novel A Yellow Raft in Blue Water ().
He was married to author Louise Erdrich, and the two frequently collaborated in their pfmlures.com: Louise Erdrich (m. ). A Yellow Raft in Blue Water: A Novel [Michael Dorris] on pfmlures.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
Michael Dorris has crafted a fierce saga of three generations of Indian women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets.
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Biogz 'S' Back Next. Here you will find some short biographies (biogz) of solo artists whose surname commences with this letter or bands with names commencing with this letter (omitting any commonly used prefix such as 'The'). A YELLOW RAFT IN BLUE WATER by Michael Dorris is an insight into the lives of three women of American Indian heritage.
Life is hard on the reservation with /5(). Nov 20, · Michael Dorris contemporary classic novel is 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.