A young Native American, Abel has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his father’s, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the ancient rites and traditions of his people. But the other world – modern, industrial America – pulls at Abel, demanding his loyalty, claiming his soul, goading him into a destructive, compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust. And the young man, torn in two, descends into hell.
Winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
“Authentic and powerful. Almost unbearably authentic and powerful…unlike any writing I have ever read…Anyone who picks up this novel and reads the first paragraph will be hard pressed to put it down” Cleveland Plain Dealer