Book Review: A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris is an intriguing novel that tells the stories of three Native American women. These three women, the daughter, mother and grandmother have their own unique perspectives of each other, and by hearing all three stories, the reader gets a unique perspective on the family.

I found the organization of this novel to be quite unique. The story starts in the present, but we move back in time to allow us to hear the stories of the mother and grandmother. When we finish we learn the uniqueness of each women, and the commonality shared by all three of the women. The story is much like a puzzle that you pull apart, turn over and put together. It's more beautiful on the other side.

I think anyone would love this book, but it's most suited for women of all ages. I think it's a great way to help women understand the common bond we have with our female family members, and how deeply interwoven our lives truly are.


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