A slim, evocative, entertaining tale of strange happenings on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.
The setting and clipped wry style of The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band are a delight, but the novel's greatest strength is Sissy, a character full of self-knowledge and wisdom even as she struggles with the twin mysteries of Buffalo's death and her own self-discovery. The music she sings is a great soundtrack to an affecting tale.
—The Historical Novels Review
In a novel rich in detail and smart about the lay of the land on and around the rez, Washburn's novel is both compelling and educational.
—American Indian Library Association
This is a book that makes sense of a people who turned down more than $1 billion offered in exchange for the Black Hills. Some things are not easily bought and sold, some things are not
at all, only mirrors in which we can choose to see who we are and who we might become. Washburn writes beyond every Indian stereotype to leave us with a story that is as old as those Hills.
Character development is Washburn's strong suit. The people she writes about are so memorable that you can (if you can!) put down the book, return to it in a few days, and immediately continue your connection with its characters and the world in which they live. It is indeed a wonderful story.
—Tom Holm, author of The Osage Rose
The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band will make you laugh out loud while breaking your heart. Frances Washburn writes with insight, compassion and a rich irony. It is powerful stuff that lingers long after you turn the last page.
—Margaret Coel, author of Killing Custer