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Shell Shaker
by LeAnne Howe

Aunt Lute Books

2001, pp. 228
trade paperback
ISBN 1879960613

“My story is an enormous undertaking. Hundreds of years in the making until past and present collide into a single moment.”

Two murders, separated by more than two centuries, form the framework for this story about the strength of love, family, culture, and heritage. It is the destiny of the women in a Choctaw family to solve both murders with the help of the Shell Shaker, a powerful spirit and a peacemaker of the Choctaw people.

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"Very few writers can shift a narrative skillfully between centuries and negotiate an enemy language, tribal governments and a slew of spirits while doing so. Very few can translate the soul of such legacy into words, and allow the shape of such a story to weave itself, like stomp dancers around the fire, naturally. LeAnne Howe has done it. Shell Shaker is an elegant, powerful and knock out story. I'm blown away."
—Joy Harjo, Mvskoke poet and musician

"LeAnne Howe has written a gripping and magical tale of ancient Choctaw blood lust and unbreakable family love in modern-day Oklahoma. Shell Shaker is a delicious read, a powerful journey into the hearts of some incredibly strong Indian women."
—Adrian C. Louis, author of Skins

"A brilliant, surprising, hilarious, heartbreaking work that layers vision upon vision and cracks America wide open. LeAnne Howe has created a literary landscape you have never seen before and will never forget."
—Susan Power, author of The Grass Dancer

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About the Author

Before writing fiction, plays and scholarly essays, LeAnne Howe worked in Oklahoma as a waitress, and in a factory making the stems for plastic champagne glasses. She has worked on Wall Street for a securities investment firm, she has been a journalist. Most recently, she has taught at Carleton College, Grinnell College, Sinte Gleska University on Rosebud Sioux Reservation, and at Wake Forest University. Ms. Howe is an enrolled member of the Choctaw nation of Oklahoma.

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