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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (864 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Power Narrator: Susan Power Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Back in the 1860s, Ghost Horse, a handsome young sacred clown, loved and lost to death the beautiful warrior woman Red Dress. As their spirits seek desperately to be reunited, they influence the sometimes violent fate of those who have followed them. Now in the 1980s, Red Dress's teenage descendant Charlene Thunder has fallen hopelessly in love with Harley Wind Soldier, the dashing traditional dancer of Ghost Horse's lineage. When Harley's soul mate is killed in an accident, Charlene guiltily suspects her own grandmother, a notorious witch, of making it happen - just as she may well have caused the death of Harley's father and brother, which even today obsesses him. The Grass Dancer is a debut novel for Susan Power, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Covering some of the same themes as Louise Erdrich but displaying her own distinctive voice and transcendent imagination, Power has produced an authentic portrait of Native American culture and characters who are as resilient and tangible as the grass moving over the Great Plains…This is a book that begs to be read at one sitting, and then again.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Each chapter can stand alone as a short story, but recurring characters provide unity, and the book takes on added depth and resonance as the stories unfold…Comparisons between Power and Louise Erdrich are probably inevitable, but Power has her own unique vision and voice.”


  • “Despite the fact that many of these stories deal in the supernatural and that they intersect almost constantly, there is never a feeling that Power is forcing her hand…The non-chronological…graces the book with numerous small and large surprises and moments of recognition. Startling and complex, but always in the most natural way.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The strength of the novel lies in the meshing of the various stories of the descendants of Red Dress and Ghost Horse so that they all come together in one piece. The result is a passionate portrayal of universal human emotions and a vivid account of Native American history and culture.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the 1995 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Csillitoe | 2/10/2014

    " Every once in a while, I stumble across a book in my mom's library--most of which I kept--that not only have I not read, but that we never discussed. I found this one recently while looking for something else. Given the wear it's seen, she obviously read it many times. I know I will, too. The narrative switches and it takes some time to piece it together, but it's just hauntingly beautiful. One of those where I find myself, when doing laundry or something mundane, wondering about the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Julie H. | 2/3/2014

    " It felt a little too Dances with Wolves inspired, but wasn't altogether terrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/20/2014

    " Beautifully crafted novel about Sioux culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catherine | 1/18/2014

    " One of my all time favorite novels. Gorgeous prose in a kind of magical realism plot set in one of the Sioux communities. Well worth tracking down. "

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