Cheyenne Madonna

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Cheyenne Madonna (ISBN 978-1-57423-216-5) is a collection of linked short stories by Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee author Eddie Chuculate, published in July 2010 by Black Sparrow Books,[1] an imprint of David R. Godine, Publisher, in Boston.[2]


The seven stories follow the life of Jordan Coolwater, who leaves Oklahoma and goes West to pursue a sculpting career, all the while battling the two constants in his life: alcohol and art. The stories also explore history, myth, interracial relationships, racism and father-son relationships. The first story in the collection, "Galveston Bay, 1826," won a PEN/O. Henry Award[3] in 2007, and was juror Ursula K. Le Guin's favorite story in that year's edition.[4] The second story, "Yo Yo," received a Pushcart Prize citation. Other stories in the book were previously published in the literary journals Manoa,[5] Ploughshares,[6] Blue Mesa Review, the Iowa Review,[7] Many Mountains Moving and the Kenyon Review.[8] On July 19, 2010, Publishers Weekly reviewed: "Chuculate writes forthright prose in a somber key, examining without judgment the lives of Native American characters. ... Memory and will converge here to powerful effect."[9]