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Author Allen-Yazzie, Christine Diane.

Title The arc and the sediment / Christine Allen-Yazzie.

Imprint Logan, Utah : Utah State University Press, 2007.


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Description 1 online resource (196 pages)
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Contents The Plan -- The Plan, Amended -- New Breasts = New Bras -- To Food -- Dear James -- You Got to Cut Its Throat -- Hello, Please Help Me -- How to Make the World a Better Place -- Just So You're All Right Now -- All That Matters -- The Arc and the Sediment -- A Sore Cursing -- Hello, Kitty -- Fruit Sauce Should Always Be Served on the Side -- The Curiously Multifaceted Nature of Victimization -- The Wavering Red Light -- An Unspeakable Shine -- Entering the Third Dimension -- Forward, Anywhere -- What Becomes of Virginia Dare -- In the Vat Lies the Fruit -- Second Place Is Pretty Good, Considering -- A Little Reluctance Goes a Long Way -- I Want Some Cookies -- Who's Your Butterfly? -- In Drills and Bursts -- Rubber Hatchets -- I'm Saying If -- I'm Saying When -- Do You Want to Save Changes? -- As a Matter of Spite -- Keeping It Out -- Words for Later -- And Also It Goes Back to That Whistle -- They'll Eat My Irises -- Or What -- The Image Lasts All the Way Across -- Afterword: Gretta's Alternative Twelve Steps to Sobriety.
Summary "Gretta Bitsilly, gin-steeped mother of two and self-proclaimed expert at standing outside the margins of ethnicity and peering in, has been all but eclipsed by the world that eludes her--as a wife, a writer, a skeptic in "the other land of Zion," Utah. Gretta has set off to Fort Defiance, Arizona, where she hopes to convince her Navajo husband, who has escaped not from his family but from alcoholism, to come home. Over a sputtering two-steps-forward, one-step-back desert journey, Gretta is diverted by chance, seizures, an inconstant memory, and the disjointed character of her irresolute quest. She is fueled by a volatile mix of rage and curiosity and is rendered careless by ambivalence toward her marriage--she knows a welcome mat will not be waiting for her, "that white girl" who can't seem to get anything right. On route Gretta finds herself lost in the landscape, in strange company, or in her own convolution of language and inner space. With a dictionary and a laptop she attempts to write herself into a better existence--a hopeful existence--and to connect points of intellectual, physical, even spiritual reference. This tale, though dark and difficult, is infused with tart, twisted humor. Confused, disheveled, self-deprecating, and self-destructive, Gretta is also sharp and funny. Here, first-time novelist Christine Allen-Yazzie breaks apart her own narrative arc but with gritty reality seals it near-shut again, if in rearrangement, drawing us into Gretta's wrestling match with herself, her husband, her addiction, and the road."--Publisher's description.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
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Language English.
Subject Women alcoholics -- Fiction.
Women authors -- Fiction.
Interracial marriage -- Fiction.
Separated people -- Fiction.
Navajo Indians -- Fiction.
Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
Deserts -- Fiction.
FICTION -- General.
Deserts. (OCoLC)fst00891230
Interracial marriage. (OCoLC)fst00977484
Navajo Indians. (OCoLC)fst01034799
Separated people. (OCoLC)fst01112701
Voyages and travels. (OCoLC)fst01169308
Women alcoholics. (OCoLC)fst01177062
Women authors. (OCoLC)fst01177198
Genre/Form Novels. (OCoLC)fst01921742
Electronic book.
Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Psychological fiction. (OCoLC)fst01726481
Psychological fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Allen-Yazzie, Christine Diane. Arc and the sediment. Logan, Utah : Utah State University Press, 2007 (DLC) 2007004631
ISBN 9780874216554 (electronic bk.)
0874216559 (electronic bk.)
9780874216547 (acid-free paper)
0874216540 (acid-free paper)
Standard No. AU@ 000051451831
GBVCP 1008656305

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