Megan Harlan
February 07, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Little

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
David Treuer
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A

Originally released last year by small publisher Graywolf, this spellbinding novel certainly deserves the resurrection granted by Picador. Set on an impoverished Indian reservation in Minnesota, the story opens with the tragic death of a handicapped boy nicknamed Little, then revolves around the handful of people who cared for him. Thanks to Treuer’s vigorous storytelling and crystalline characterization — the Vietnam vet who believed he was Little’s father, the naive but kind reservation priest, the orphan who considered himself Little’s brother — the narrative pieces together the secret histories of parentage, love affairs, and violent crimes that led to Little’s death. Ultimately, Little proves very big indeed: a passionate tale of place, race, and human nature.

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