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By N. Scott Momaday

The wonderful Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his local land

A younger local American, Abel has come domestic from a international struggle to discover himself stuck among worlds. the 1st is the realm of his father's, marriage ceremony him to the rhythm of the seasons, the tough fantastic thing about the land, and the traditional rites and traditions of his humans. however the different international -- sleek, business the US -- pulls at Abel, difficult his loyalty, claiming his soul, goading him right into a harmful, compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust. And the younger guy, torn in , descends into hell.

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