Ancient Child

Paperback | September 12, 1990

byN. Scott Momaday

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In his first novel since the Pulitzer Prize-winning House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday shapes the ancient Kiowa myth of a boy who turned into a bear into a timeless American classic. The Ancient Child juxtaposes Indian lore and Wild West legend into a hypnotic, often lyrical contemporary novel--the story of Locke Setman, known as Set, a Native American raised far from the reservation by his adoptive father. Set feels a strange aching in his soul and, returning to tribal lands for the funeral of his grandmother, is drawn irresistibly to the fabled bear-boy. When he meets Grey, a beautiful young medicine woman with a visionary gift, his world is turned upside down. Here is a magical saga of one man's tormented search for his identity--a quintessential American novel, and a great one.

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Locke Setman (Set), a Native American, is raised far from the reservation by his adopted father. Set feels a strange aching in his soul and, returning to the tribal lands for the funeral of his grandmother, meets a stunning young medicine woman with a gift of astonishing visions--who turns his world upside down.

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In his first novel since the Pulitzer Prize-winning House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday shapes the ancient Kiowa myth of a boy who turned into a bear into a timeless American classic. The Ancient Child juxtaposes Indian lore and Wild West legend into a hypnotic, often lyrical contemporary novel--the story of Locke Setman, known as Set...

N. Scott Momaday is a novelist, a poet, and a painter. Among the awards he has received for writing are the Pulitzer Prize and the Premio Letterario Internazionale "Mondello." He is Regent's Professor of English at the University of Arizona, and he lives in Tucson with his wife and daughter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:September 12, 1990Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060973455

ISBN - 13:9780060973452

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Locke Setman (Set), a Native American, is raised far from the reservation by his adopted father. Set feels a strange aching in his soul and, returning to the tribal lands for the funeral of his grandmother, meets a stunning young medicine woman with a gift of astonishing visions--who turns his world upside down.

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"A tour de force of clarity and brilliance."(San Francisco Chronicle)