Watermelon Nights eBook ß Paperback


    Watermelon Nights eBook ß Paperback powers of perception Johnny is trying to organize the remaining members of his displaced tribe at the same time he contemplates leaving his grandmother s home for the big city As the novel shifts perspective, tracing the controversial history of the tribe, we learn how the tragic events of Elba s childhood, as well as Iris s attempts to separate herself from her cultural roots, make Johnny s dilemma all thedifficult Gritty yet rich in detail and emotion, Watermelon Nights stands beside the novels of Louise Erdrich, Michael Dorris, and Sherman Alexie as an important work not only in Native American literature, but in contemporary American fiction."/>
  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • Watermelon Nights
  • Greg Sarris
  • English
  • 04 December 2019
  • 9780140282764

10 thoughts on “Watermelon Nights

  1. says:

    A long, slow summer read for me, slow in part because it s a bit slack in places, but the good bits are genuinely powerful And the attention given to multigenerational California Indian trauma and resilience is so important Sarris confronts sexual and familial trauma head on and brings each of the three big sections of the book each narrated by a different family member to a strong conclusion.


  2. says:

    How dare this book have no cover image One of the most beautiful contemporary pieces I ve ever read Had the opportunity to meet Greg Sarris and ask him questions One of the questions I asked was the significance of the basket Elba finds as she learns she is pregnant He said it came to him in a vision one night Also interesting was that Sarris claimed he originally wrote the order of the 3 stories with Elba s being last and I found that interesting since the order is one of the great things about the novel thank god for book editors, right hehe My review won t do this book justice, so please read it if you have any interest in Native American, post colonial, California, or contemporary lit period Warning spoiler I really think Elba s story has the strongest significance Her molestation, rape, multiple miscarriages, and pregnancy are powerful messages from Sarris about Native American history Her part of the novel is by far the best Wonderful author, wonderful book, beautiful, tragic, graphic, and hopeful story.


  3. says:

    Three and a half stars is what I d actually like to give this book The first 150pgs were rough I wasn t drawn into the story and I kept skipping over words By the middle of the book, I was hooked The dust jacket compares Sarris to Alexie and Erdrich two authors with very little in common as far as writing style goes, yet equally brilliant Sarris falls short of the comparison Certain structures of his storytelling seem to mimic Erdrich, although I d argue she does a far better job of character building and storytelling Sarris is simply ok He s got some good points in the narrative that seem to need focus He s too repetitive, seemingly almost desperate to get his point across and not be misinterpreted For example, the word sadness is used dozens and dozens of times in the first half of the book and at the end it comes right back to that word sadness More foreshadowing and less obvious direction would ve improved the narrative.


  4. says:

    This was a really eye opening saga about a ragtag tribe of 20th century Native Americans near San Francisco unvarnished, unromanticized Native Americans who are struggling to hold onto their cultural identity while facing prejudice both from outside and inside their tribe The story spans three generations and, likewise, the protagonist changes three times, but Sarris characters are so three dimensional and fully realized that I came to love each one I can t remember the last time I encountered characters who lived such subtly nuanced emotional lives I only wish the book had gone in chronological order It starts in the present, then jumps about seventy years into the past and circles back to the present The end result is that the first third of the book is excruciatingly slow it s hard to appreciate what happens in the beginning without knowing the full history of the tribe Once I got past the beginning, though, I really enjoyed it.


  5. says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Sarris who is a wonderful man I love this book to death Johnny s story starts out a little slow, but Elba s is hearbreakingly beautiful If you haven t read or studied much contemporary Native American lit, motivation to read this might be difficult at first It certainly can be depressing at times But all in all, Sarris tells a beautiful story of family throughout 3 generations who are trying to heal from the pains of not only their own past, but their people s history Forgiveness is a big theme as well as love Healing begins, of course, with the book s title and as Sarris poignantly signed my book I hope reading this is as sweet as a watermelon night, the book is about hope.


  6. says:

    A different look into the culture of American Indians..a not a very happy view.


  7. says:

    It s turning into one of those books I wish I read years ago


  8. says:

    i only really read every 3rd word, and the first story, couldnt keep my interest.


  9. says:

    A great story about3 generations of American Indians.


  10. says:

    It s no Grand Avenue.


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Watermelon Nights[PDF / EPUB] Watermelon Nights In a powerful follow up to his widely acclaimed short story collection, Grand Avenue, Greg Sarris tells a tale about the love and forgiveness that keep a modem American Indian family together.Told fro In a powerful follow up to his widely acclaimed short story collection, Grand Avenue, Greg Sarris tells a tale about the love and forgiveness that keep a modem American Indian family togetherTold from the points of view of a twenty year old Pomo Indian named Johnny Severe, his grandmother, Elba, and his mother, Iris, Watermelon Nights uncovers the secrets behind each of these characters extraordinary powers of perception Johnny is trying to organize the remaining members of his displaced tribe at the same time he contemplates leaving his grandmother s home for the big city As the novel shifts perspective, tracing the controversial history of the tribe, we learn how the tragic events of Elba s childhood, as well as Iris s attempts to separate herself from her cultural roots, make Johnny s dilemma all thedifficult Gritty yet rich in detail and emotion, Watermelon Nights stands beside the novels of Louise Erdrich, Michael Dorris, and Sherman Alexie as an important work not only in Native American literature, but in contemporary American fiction.


About the Author: Greg Sarris

Gregory Michael Sarris is a college professor, acclaimed author, screenwriter and scholar, holds an Endowed Chair in Native American Studies within the School of Arts and Humanities at Sonoma State University A Santa Rosa native, Sarris has published several books, including the widely anthologized collection of essays, Keeping Slug Woman Alive A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts, an.