Wednesday, May 07, 2008

2008 book 63

Thomas Maltman's The Night Birds
This is a compelling story about a little-known chapter of history--the Dakota uprising in Minnesota during the Civil War. Actually, like the book I just read, events are precipitated by an aunt suddenly arriving from an asylum (only, in this case, she was confined for being epileptic). She tells her family's story, and the story of their Dakota neighbors, to her troubled young nephew. What I presume is supposed to be a twist ending is obvious from very early on, but I liked this book anyway. A-.

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