Totems of September


In their first historical novel, Totems of September, Native American, Emmy-nominated author Robin LaDue and journalist Mary Kay Voss use the Native American storytelling tradition of circles on circles and lives on lives. It is interspersed with the culture of the Northwest and Plains tribes through the use of animal legends and myths.

The juxtaposition of Wyoming's Devils Tower and the tragedy of September 11 brings to light little-known Native American history as well as current themes: US soldiers' struggle through the fog of war, PTSD stemming from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the devastating health risks of 9/11 rescue workers.

The lineage and families of three memorable characters—dating from the early 1900s to 2006—are woven together through the threads of history, human connections, hope, and redemption. The tenacity, warmth, humor, and love of Geronimo Barse and Billy Hawk shine through their painful experiences in the Indian boarding schools, World War II, and the loss of so many loved ones.  Lola LeFleur, as well as all LeFleur women before and after her, fights desparately to change her perceived destiny. 

The warmth and healing of the ranch and the stability of Devils Tower in a world of terror are integral factors in the rebuilding of so many shattered lives.

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