This is a second, expanded edition of the same title, “Blessings,” (ISBN 096710680X) first published October, 1999. The new edition is expanded by the addtion of four new stories, all with settings on the Navajo reservation, all with characters linked to those in the main novel, which is unchanged. These four stories have the titles: “Twins,’ dealing with witchcraft, “Squirrel’s Ears,” telling the story of a youth growing up in the Canyon de Chelly, “Fort Defiance Revisited,” a tale of love, betrayal and the supernatural, and “Cecile Comes West,” a tale of an older woman’s visit to the Navajo Reservation for the first time. The new edition has maps of the area giving location of the events in the stories, and a glossary of Navajo terms and expressions found in the book with a guide to the pronunciation of the Navajo words.
(Tags: Native American, Navajo)