Originally posted this review on my blog: picosplace-pico.blogspot.com
Took me awhile to read through this book. That was not the fault of the author but more my schedule and the format in which I received it. It was easy to read and it has several big pluses going for it.
It resonated with me for one very important reason. I live in a country that has threatened and constantly threatens to split because of cultural differences. My wife and I originate from opposite sides of that potential split just like the couple in this book. Jai is from Southern India while his wife Kaahi is from Northern India. The book opens with the two of them seeing each other across the guarded and barb-wired border. The entire book swirls around this important issue. The lesson is aimed at a culturally diverse India but by extension is an important issue for everyone living on this fair planet of ours.
This book also puts a lot of effort into explaining Indian cultures and terms as it moves along. For those interested in modern India this novel is worth reading just for the valuable information contains. It is added to the narrative in a way that doesn't distract from the story being told and at the same time adds an element of interest that would otherwise be absent.
It is obvious enough that the author's first language is not English. Don't let that put you off. It is not badly written and the quirks of language may even add a certain charm. I honestly recommend the book for anyone.
A historical novel that delivers on all levels. In her first novel Kitty Sutton pulls her readers into the camps following The Trail of Tears, a sad chapter in American history, and makes you feel right along with her characters. Her research is obvious from the start. As you follow Wheezer and Sasa in search Usti Yansa's killer you will learn about Cherokee culture and history almost without realizing it. This book is well written and even without the history lesson the story itself will keep you interested and will bring you to a satisfying end. I would recommend this book for anyone.
Kitty Sutton has done it again. Having read and enjoyed "Wheezer and the Painted Frog" I was expecting a great deal from her second book and was not disappointed. "Wheezer and the Shy Coyote" picks up where the first book left off. The survivors of the Trail of Tears and its immediate aftermath are now faced with The Whiskey Wars. It is a dark time for Native Americans and a historical black eye for anyone loving freedom and justice.
As in her first book Kitty's story revolves around most of the same characters: Sasa the young Cherokee girl who is learning all she can to be able to be a blessing for her own people. Medicine Man, Poison Woman, Jackson, Anna Edwards and of course Wheezer himself. Along the way, the reader will get wrapped up in the lives of these people and learn about this part of history without having to think about it. New characters like Coyote and Yellow Eyes add to the story. Their story comes to an exciting and satisfying conclusion within the historical context of the times.
This book is highly recommended. The research put into this book is clearly evident throughout and the story is well crafted. I look forward to the next one.