Praise for What the Wind Brings
Dr. Joseph Bruchac is an eminent author of indigenous traditional tales, with a publications list that goes on and on. Because he has an upcoming story in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, where I appear frequently. He heard about What the Wind Brings and ordered a copy. Here is what he had to say about it:
WHAT THE WIND BRINGS is one of those stories that you wish would never end as you are reading it. Its evocation of the clash of cultures —Indigenous, African and Spanish– in 16th century Ecuador is more than merely memorable. It is what I would call required reading for anyone interested in the early colonial history off the Americas. The characters are not only finely drawn but reflect the complexity within each community of that period. There are no simple or stereotyped heroes or villains here, but recognizable human beings. Plus it is one of the best told and most engrossing stories I’ve read in recent years. By the time I’d had the book a week I had already not only read it twice but gone back to the author’s primary sources and seen how well he drew his story out of the actual histories. Some might classify certain elements in this narrative—which present a medicine person’s point of view– as magical realism. But I suspect that readers whose reality is as broad as that of a traditionally raised Native from either Africa or the Americas would recognize it as the way the world truly is.
And here is the opening of the novel: https://curiousfictions.com/stories/2726-matthew-hughes-what-the-wind-brings
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