Jacquie Red Feather and her sister Opal grew up together, relying on each other during their unsettled childhood. As adults they were driven apart, but Jacquie is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. That’s why she is there.

Dene is there because he has been collecting stories to honour his uncle’s death. Edwin is looking for his true father. Opal came to watch her boy Orvil dance. All of them are connected by bonds they may not yet understand. All of them are there for the cultural celebration that is the Big Oakland Powwow. But Tony Loneman is also there. And Tony has come to the Powwow with darker intentions.

This is a beautifully written, powerful debut novel which will stay with you long after you have finished. The writing is superb and the book is brilliantly edited that for its hard to believe you are reading a debut novel. Told through a variety of voices it is an intense read that connects the stories of these different characters who all were at the same powwow. The book also gave me an insight into the history and lives of Native Americans.

9781787300354/Vintage/£14.99 Published June 2018

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