Death By Bitter Waters
Inside the fence, they walk clean, but outside the fence, we carry the weight of our own filth, a perpetual habit, which is very hard to break. More
In this anthology of ten short stories of Native America, Death By Bitter Waters embraces the seemingly ordinary lives of average people—Kate, connecting with a son nearly thirty years after losing him as an infant to parental abduction; Freddie, whose alcoholism amid the aftermath of a violent profession is tempered by a loving woman; Arlene, returning home to live with her parents when her long-standing marriage is suddenly ripped apart; Tiki, who struggles with her mother’s unexpected death; Aspen and Jillie, a lesbian couple raising two small children in a reactionary community; and Thelonius, a cop whose life is forever changed following a traumatic brain injury. More than just the sum of average people engaged in average lives, Death By Bitter Waters is a fictional chronicle of contemporary Red Power in northeastern California, of a healing lifeway risen from the ashes of genocide and cultural annihilation following two centuries of collective trauma.