The Wolf at Twilight — the overlooked middle child of the “Dan” trilogy
I just want to say a kind word about The Wolf at Twilight. It is less well-known and less frequently read than Neither Wolf nor Dog and The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo, but, in some ways, it is more important.
I was reminded of this when I saw a fresh review of this literary middle child of mine on Amazon, where a woman named Laura called it her favorite of the trilogy. I was pleased to read that, because, if not my favorite (one dares not have a favorite child), it certainly carries the most moral responsibility of the three. It takes you inside the Indian boarding school experience, which is central to an understanding of the contemporary Native experience and is something every American needs to know about.
Consider: up to 100,000 children, removed (often forcibly) from their homes and families, shorn of their culture and language, and raised in an alien environment without the love of parents or the comfort of their own beliefs. This impacted Native life and continues to up to this day. It is a miracle that the Native people have survived the wreckage this governmentally-supported policy created.
I hope more of you will pick up The Wolf at Twilight and respond on Amazon. I think you will find the story powerful and well-told. My editor, who loves it deeply, says it reads like a mystery novel. That is what I hope you all feel as you take this journey inside the world of the Indian boarding schools. You will learn something about America that few others know.
Indian people who are the inheritors of the effects of this policy and these institutions have thanked me for what I did in this book. If you want a good read, a good story, and a chance to broaden your understanding of our country and one of the most important but least understood chapters of our history, please pick up this quiet middle child of my “Dan” trilogy.
I assure you your eyes and heart will be opened.
Posted on: April 1, 2015knerburn