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The Mask Maker (review)

The Mask Maker (review) SAIL . SPRING 2004 . VOL. 16, NO. 1 Diane Glancy. The Mask Maker. American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series, vol. 42. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002. 141 pp. Daniel Heath Justice One of the defining characteristics of Diane Glancy's work is its stark, unrelenting intimacy. Distanced observation is not an option. She draws the reader inward, through all the self-deceptions of the ego, through fear and resentment, into the tensions between the hope of love and the need for freedom. Whether in poetry, drama, or prose, Glancy's narrators and characters speak from that tangled emotional interior, and it is from this place that they work to unravel their histories, spiritualities, identities, and desires. The Mask Maker is the story of Edith Lewis, a "watered down" mixedblood Pawnee woman who has come to an uncomfortable junction in her life. She still holds a lingering love for her ex-husband, Bill, but has no interest in returning to the cold silences that characterized their marriage; she cherishes her warm friendship with Bix, the Pawnee owner of the local hardware store, but fears the possibilities of allowing herself to love him. She's distanced and detached, unwilling to connect, but http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Indian Literatures University of Nebraska Press

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SAIL . SPRING 2004 . VOL. 16, NO. 1 Diane Glancy. The Mask Maker. American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series, vol. 42. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002. 141 pp. Daniel Heath Justice One of the defining characteristics of Diane Glancy's work is its stark, unrelenting intimacy. Distanced observation is not an option. She draws the reader inward, through all the self-deceptions of the ego, through fear and resentment, into the tensions between the hope of love and the need for freedom. Whether in poetry, drama, or prose, Glancy's narrators and characters speak from that tangled emotional interior, and it is from this place that they work to unravel their histories, spiritualities, identities, and desires. The Mask Maker is the story of Edith Lewis, a "watered down" mixedblood Pawnee woman who has come to an uncomfortable junction in her life. She still holds a lingering love for her ex-husband, Bill, but has no interest in returning to the cold silences that characterized their marriage; she cherishes her warm friendship with Bix, the Pawnee owner of the local hardware store, but fears the possibilities of allowing herself to love him. She's distanced and detached, unwilling to connect, but

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Studies in American Indian LiteraturesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: May 4, 2004

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