By Brady Udall
Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Vintage Contemporaries, c2001, 2002
Genre: General fiction
Audience: Adult, young adult
Number of pages: 423
Setting: Various locations in Arizona, including San Carlos Reservation, Globe, and Fort Apache. Also set in Richland, UT and Stony Run, PA.
Time period: Hard to decipher, but it seems like late 1960s to early 1970s.
Plot summary: “If I could tell you only one thing about my life it would be this: when I was seven years old the mailman ran over my head” (p. 13). Edgar Mint’s life is not an easy one. After dying and being brought back to life, Edgar awakens from a coma utterly alone in the world. His mother and grandmother, both believing he is dead, have disappeared. Once well enough to leave the hospital, Edgar is sent to live at a BIA school where a distant ancient uncle works. The trials Edgar endures here make the mail truck incident seem like a picnic. In spite of this, Edgar not only perseveres, but manages to leave the school for an idyllic family setting in Utah, which ends up being not so idyllic. What seems like it should be a tragically sad story is filled with humorous incidents, offbeat characters, and Edgar’s persistent wish to find and forgive the man who almost killed him. Continue reading