"I've traveled a lot of roads, but never alone. My relations are with me," says Billie McKenney, one of the matriarchs of the complex family of Choctaws searching for peace as the white
world rapidly encroaches on their tribal land, politics, and values. In her first collection of stories, Native American writer Devon A. Mihesuah chronicles the lives of several generations of a
close-knit Choctaw family as they are forced from their traditional homeland in nineteenth-century Mississippi and endure unspeakable sorrows during their journey before settling in southeastern
Trophy Award for Best Fiction Book of 2000, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.
A sprawling, yet intimate, portrait of one family's place in [Native American] society and in the larger society in which we all live.
Full of powerful imagery, sometimes whimsical, often bleak . . . What is particularly refreshing about Mihesuah's lushly detailed work is that it eschews both contemporary New Age renderings of Native American culture and nineteenth-century romanticism. . . . Mihesuah creates fascinating characters and robust histories.
American Indian Quarterly
Blending family lore, stark realism, and vivid imagination, The Roads of My Relations relays a strong sense of Choctaw culture and world view in absorbing tales of history and legend.
Unfolding through the voices and actions of family members, confused half-bloods, and unlikely heroes--not all of them living or even human--the stories tell of the horrors of forced removal, the
turbulence of post Civil War Indian Territory, the terrifying violence suffered at the hands of immortal Crow witches, and the family's ultimate survival against forces of evil. Time-traveling ghosts,
mysterious medicine men, and eerie shape-shifters share the pages with proud matriarchs, mischievous schoolgirls, and loving siblings.
Together, these interwoven stories express the strength and
persistence of a tribe whose identity and pride have survived the disruptions of colonialism. With The Roads of My Relations, Devon A. Mihesuah has created a universal and timeless exploration of
heritage, spirituality, and the importance of preserving and passing on tradition.