The fifteen Native women writers in Reckonings document transgenerational trauma, yet they also celebrate survival. Their stories are vital testaments of our times. Unlike most anthologies that present a single story from many writers, this volume offers a sampling of two to three stories by a select number of both famous and lesser known Native women writers in what is now the United States. Here you will find much-loved stories, many made easily accessible for the first time, and vibrant new stories by well-known contemporary Native American writers as well as fresh emergent voices. These stories share an understanding of Native women's lives in their various modes of loss and struggle, resistance and acceptance, and rage and compassion, ultimately highlighting the individual and collective will to endure against all odds.
Reckonings features short stories by: Paula Gunn Allen, Kimberly M. Blaeser, Beth E. Brant, Anita Endrezze, Louise Erdrich, Diane Glancy, Reid Gómez, Janet Campbell Hale, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Misha Nogha, Beth H. Piatote, Patricia Riley, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Anna Lee Walters.
Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native Women. Edited by Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Jana Sequoya Magdaleno, and Lauren Stuart Muller. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. All earnings from royalties of Reckonings are donated to the InterTribal Friendship House, a non-profit organization and the oldest American Indian community center in the United States.
Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine: A Casebook. Ed. Hertha D. Sweet Wong. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Family of Earth and Sky: Indigenous Tales of Nature from around the World. Edited by John Elder and Hertha D. Wong. Boston: Beacon Press, 1994. Paperback 1995.
Sending My Heart Back Across the Years: Tradition and Innovation in Native American Autobiography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. Selected for Oxford UP’s “print-on-demand program” by “creating a digital file . . . from which all future copies” will be printed, Spring 2001.