Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor
A story of magic, family, a mysterious stranger . . . and a band of marauding raccoons.
Otter Lake is a sleepy Anishnawbe community where little happens. Until the day a handsome stranger pulls up astride a 1953 Indian Chief motorcycle – and turns Otter Lake completely upside down. Maggie, the Reserve’s chief, is swept off her feet, but Virgil, her teenage son, is less than enchanted. Suspicious of the stranger’s intentions, he teams up with his uncle Wayne––a master of aboriginal martial arts––to drive the stranger from the Reserve. And it turns out that the raccoons are willing to lend a hand.
“Taylor, a playwright and occasional contributor to NOW, has a mordant sense of humour and an eagle eye for the details of life in native communities. He’s particularly adept at evoking their ambivalent relationship to pop culture. And he holds nothing sacred. He’s less interested in scoring points for diversity than in engaging in some serious iconoclasm. No earnestness here. Motorcycles And Sweetgrass is a fun, rollicking book, and Taylor’s voice is fresh and unique.” NOW Magazine
“Taylor brings a modern twist to ancient native folklore. Motorcycles & Sweetgrass is a charming story about the importance of balance and belief—and a little bit of magic—in everyone’s life.” Quill & Quire
NATIONAL BESTSELLER FINALIST 2013–2014 – First Nations Communities Read
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