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A Thousand Voices

Thursday, May 07, 2009

A Thousand Voices
Lisa Wingate
July 2007
336 pages

I picked this one up at the library, and never realized it was part of a series until after I finished it. Although it totally stood alone, so I don’t think it’s necessary to read the others before reading this one.

Dell Jordan has been wandering through Europe since she graduated from high school two years ago. She spent a year with a traveling orchestra, and then a year helping out in an orphanage. Back home, she is feeling pressured by friends and family to enroll in college and continue her musical studies. However, Dell wants nothing more than to find her birth father. Despite her adoption into a loving family at the age of 13, Dell has always felt apart, partly because she spent her childhood living in poverty and neglect, and partly because her Native American features set her apart from the rest of her fair-haired, blue-eyed adoptive family.

So Dell takes off on a covert mission (she doesn’t tell her parents where she is going, or what she is up to, for fear they will feel betrayed) to the Kiamichi Mountains of Oklahoma (where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain) in search of her father and her Choctaw heritage. Despite a few roadblocks on the path to finding out information on her birth father, Dell does find an instant connection with a Choctaw family and enjoys the weekend celebration that she stumbles upon.

This was a light read, despite the potentially intense themes of adoption and belonging and family, and also in spite of the rushed ending (the words screeching halt come to mind). So while it may not be my usual fare, it wasn’t a bad way to spend a few hours.

3 comment(s):

Beth F said...

Sounds like something my niece would like. I'll pass along the recommendation.

bermudaonion said...

Sounds interesting, but I think the abrupt ending would bug me.

Ladytink_534 said...

So many books are part of a series nowadays that I seem to visit http://www.fantasticfiction.com all the time! I just hate reading things out of order so I never pick up anything until I've checked to make absolutely sure it's a stand alone or where it stands in the series.

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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