Messenger Bird

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New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1993.
1st ed.
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208 pages ; 22 cm.
La Farge Southwest
Fiction McCall, D
Fiction McCall, D
Suicide was common among the Apaches of Southern New Mexico. So begins Dan McCall's stunning recreation of two years in the life of an inexperienced young surgeon at a small hospital on a Native American reservation. Among courageous, stoic people burdened by a cruel history and beleaguered by poverty and alcoholism, Jim, fresh out of medical school, learns the healing power of compassion from a beautiful, talented Sioux-Lakota nurse and schoolteacher - Annie Messenger Bird. A searing portrait of the grim realities of the reservation, Messenger Bird is peopled by characters so full of life that even the dailiness of tragedy cannot quite defeat them: Barnabas Lester, the Dartmouth-educated Apache chief who, working within the system for his people's benefit, is accused of being the white man's pawn; Max Rubenstein, a brilliant gay surgeon with a welcome flair for comedy; Silas Lester, a teenage rebel whose love of his people and passion for change lead him into the radical American Indian Movement; and, of course, Silas's mother, Annie Messenger Bird, whose singular grace endures even when her own body turns against her. Messenger Bird is a story of quiet, practical heroism in the midst of senseless violence and despair; of how doctoring triumphs and how it fails, especially faced with the larger ills of society; and of the courage and love that transcend both politics and race. In McCall's unsentimental telling, one young doctor's experience becomes a window onto a troubled, hybrid American culture in which the humane practice of medicine - however flawed - can still provide a glimpse of the fragility and beauty of life.
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McCall, D. (1993). Messenger Bird. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

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McCall, Dan. 1993. Messenger Bird. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

McCall, Dan, Messenger Bird. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993.

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McCall, Dan. Messenger Bird. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993. Print.

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