At a glance:
- Author: Linda Hogan
- First Published: 1988
- Type of Plot: Coming of age
- Time of Work: The early 1950’s
- Setting: Rural Oklahoma
- Characters: The narrator, Aunt Moon, Isaac
- Genres: Social realism, Short fiction
- Subjects: 1950's, Maturation or coming of age, Dogs, Love or romance, Rural or country life, Spiritual life or spirituality, Pregnancy, Native Americans or American Indians, Illegitimacy, Rabies, Fairs, Folk medicine, Herbs, Alternative medicine
- Locales: United States, Oklahoma, North America
On an autumn day in rural Oklahoma a town prepares for its annual fair. The event attracts people from neighboring towns who have goods to sell, thereby breaking the monotony of life in Pickens. Among the new attractions in town is a magnetic young man whom the narrator immediately identifies as a full-blooded Indian. Remarking that most of the people in Pickens are of mixed blood, the narrator explains that she feels somehow inferior to a pure-blood. After the narrator and her mother eye the drifter, the narrator thinks about Aunt Moon, an older woman whom she...
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