In this lyrical novel, Alexandra Fuller has proven that she can write fiction as well, if not better, than nonfiction. Quiet Until the Thaw tells the tale of three generations of Lakota Native Americans living in South Dakota. Ironically, most of these individuals are not related by blood, rather they are men and women who feel responsible for the well-being of abandoned children. Some of these children become role models for future generations, others turn to drink, drugs and violence.
Told in very short chapters, Quiet Until the Thaw takes a while for the reader to discern what exactly is happening. However, if you keep on reading, everything becomes clear, and you will be richly rewarded. I think this would be a wonderful read for a book group.