10-second review: As an adult, the author reflects on his Kiowa Indian culture as he experienced it through his grandmother in his youth. The love of the sun and of nature stands out.
Quote: “My grandmother had died….and I was told that in death her face was that of a child.” p. 313.
Quote: “The aged visitors who came to my grandmother’s home when I was a child were made of lean and leather and they bore themselves upright.” p. 317.
Quote: “The walls have closed in upon my grandmother’s house….. I saw for the first time in my life how small t was. It was late at night, and there was a white moon, nearly full. I sat for a long time on the stone steps by the kitchen door.” p. 318.
Best American Essays of the Century. Editors: Oates and Atwan.