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Description: One stormy night in 1826, just north of Galveston Bay, Old Bull, a Cheyenne Indian who had just seen the ocean for the first time, found himself trying to outrace a hurricane. Lifted from his horse, spun around, and thrown down in the bayou, Old Bull rode the current into a small canyon, and survived. He was the only one of his party to return from the expedition, arriving home nearly naked, nearly hallucinating, riding a horse. Such is the auspicious beginning to the life of Jordan Coolwater, a distant relation to Old Bull, whom we meet as a boy in the 1970s, shooting turtles on a summer day, and being raised by his grandparents on Creek Indian land in the house of his great-great-grandfather, a survivor of the ¿Trail of Tears.¿ Bearing the burden of his ancestry, Jordan Coolwater ¿ from bored young boy, to thoughtful teenager, struggling artist, escaped convict, and finally, father ¿ is the subject of Eddie Chuculate¿s prize-winning collection of linked short stories. The first story in the collection, ¿Galveston Bay, 1826,¿ won an O¿Henry Prize in 2007, and the second, ¿Yo Yo,¿ received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. Reminiscent of Denis Johnson¿s Jesus¿s Son, Chuculate¿s gritty, deceptively simple stories also recall Junot Diaz and Sherman Alexie. This is not only a portrait of a young Native American artist struggling with the two constants in his life, alcohol and art, but also a portrait of America, of its dispossessed, its outlaws, and its visionaries.