Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor

Motorcycles & SweetgrassTaylor, Drew Hayden. Motorcycles & Sweetgrass. Toronto: Alfred A. Knoph Canada, 2010.

Completed: 8 September 2010

After a review and recommendation like this, how could one not read this book.

We have the trickster, Nanabush, appearing on the small reserve of Otter Lake. His disguise, a white man with long blonde hair riding an Indian Chief motorcycle. His eyes change as quickly as his moods. From Harlequin heartthrob to slightly sinister/dangerous bad guy, John wins the heart and minds of the reservation’s residents, especially Chief Maggie. Her son, Virgil is less than enchanted by this interloper and decides to take action as John moves into Maggie’s affection. True to his nature, Nanabush shakes thing up and no one is the same after his visit.

An enchanting story with a minimum of post-colonial guilt laid on. I particularly liked the racoons.

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3 Responses to Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor

  1. Kate says:

    Thanks for the shout out! I’m glad that you enjoyed the book, and I too liked the raccoons.

  2. I’ve not heard of this book before and it sounds just brilliant. I’m putting it on my TBR list. I’m particularly interested to find out about the racoons…

  3. John Mutford says:

    I own a copy of this but haven’t made time for it. Reviews like this bump it up the pile, for sure.

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