GIRL WITH SKIRT OF STARS by Jennifer Kitchell


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First-time novelist Kitchell delivers a fast-paced and dramatically dense thriller with a gripping opening and satisfying conclusion.

Lilli Chischilly is a gifted lawyer with an abnormal fluency that straddles and ties two disparate worlds together–one white and the other Navajo. Her legal skills and the subtleties of human nature make her indispensable at the Navajo Nation’s Historic Preservation Department, but she soon discovers there are others who are seeking her out for their agendas–not the least of whom is the front-runner for the U.S. presidency. When the body of a ritualistically murdered Navajo is found in the badlands, Lilli becomes an unwilling player in an intricate web of intrigue, political manipulation and plain old bad blood. To complicate matters, her childhood best friend, Jerome Bah, returns to the reservation and rekindles their connection, but with dangerous strings attached and mysterious intentions that only darken the murky waters gathering around her. As events spiral to their designed end, and ancient mysticism entangles with present-day hidden agendas, Lilli is pulled along to a startling and unexpected conclusion that threatens to change her world forever. Kitchell brings a new and original voice to the thriller genre. Her masterful weaving of native culture, language and lore with complex and contemporary characters speaks volumes about her skillful prose and her natural storytelling ability. The narrative spans clashing cultures, Native American mysticism and classic human vice–with spine-tingling results. The book sure to please thriller buffs and is a must-read for fans of Native American-themed fiction.

Engrossing, visually rich and irresistibly readable.

Pub Date: July 28th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-932636-56-7
Program: Kirkus Indie
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