A yellow raft in blue water

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Her best friend, Charlene, frequently cautions her that her body cannot take so much punishment, but she always shrugs off such warnings. Christine's story was equally absorbing, but also perhaps the most frustrating to me as a mother myself.

Rayona, angry at her mother, runs away and meets a priest of her school, Father Tom, and he takes her on a road trip, claiming to bring her to a retreat for teens.

In this lovely and contemplative novel by Michael Dorris, we learn about three generations of women, a daughter, a mother, and a grandmother.

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Christine and Lee have a very close sister-brother relationship, each relying on the other for emotional support. One day while Dayton and Rayona are at a stud appointment for their horse, Father Tom appears at the house and drops off a bottle of pain pills, but leaves quickly after Christine starts to say that Aunt Ida had mentioned something about him. Christine tries to shoo Rayona away, but Elgin asks Rayona to stay, wanting to have a look at her. Yet, there is always another angle, another side to someone's story that may be hidden when viewed solely from our own perspective. In this lovely and contemplative novel by Michael Dorris, we learn about three generations of women, a daughter, a mother, and a grandmother. She gets shipped off to Seattle, by Father Tom, who puts the blame on her about the molestation, but Rayona still returns to work at Bear Paw State Park to work for a little while. Ida and her sister Pauline are excited to have a sophisticated city girl in the house. Rayona concedes that the family story that she told Evelyn and Sky is all a lie, and Evelyn asks Rayona what she wants to do now that her real life story is out in the open.

To their credit, they drive Rayona to a rodeo being held close to the Montana reservation where Ida and now Christine live. If told in a linear fashion, Dorris' text would read something like the following.

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Ida lives her life with Christine and Lee, revealing her favoritism towards Christine and her dislike for Lee, claiming he is whiny and always needs attention, contradictory to Christine's belief that Ida likes Lee more. As Rayona wanders the hospital, her thoughts drift back to her father and she wonders where he might be. They were perhaps unlikely heroes, which again goes to show that what we perceive on the outside does not necessarily reflect what lies just below the surface. However, once they are at the rodeo, Rayona realizes that her mom is not there. Christine and Rayona again drive to Ida's home on the reservation, where Christine basically abandons Rayona at Aunt Ida's. At the awards ceremony immediately following the rodeo, Rayona finally acknowledges publicly who she is. Ironically, Dayton, with whom Rayona's mom is staying, owns the horse that Foxy is to ride. She rides in the local rodeo in the place of her cousin, who is drunk. Dayton fixed her old car and Christine and Dayton decided to teach Rayona how to drive.

The story of Christine's mother, "Aunt Ida" as she demanded to be called, finally reveals to the reader a wealth of insight regarding the motivation behind actions that impact a family throughout the generations. She rides in the local rodeo in the place of her cousin, who is drunk.

Christine thinks she has finally found love, especially at first sight, but it is lust at first sight. Christine and Ida on the roof of their house, awaiting the end of the world as predicted in a chain letter Christine received. Dayton fixed her old car and Christine and Dayton decided to teach Rayona how to drive.

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