Winter 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 2010 |

Survival, Transformation, and Renewal in Mending Skins

Mending Skins by Eric Gansworth. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. 164 pp. $15.95, paperback. Eric Gansworth's Mending Skins takes us back to the Tuscarora Reservation in upstate New York, which was the setting for his earlier novel Indian Summer. Several characters return, albeit younger and learning to cope with the impending changes in their lives brought about by the flooding of their land. Mending Skins explores changes at Tuscarora after New York state exercised its rights under the Federal Power Act to "buy" and flood their land to create a hydroelectric power dam. The dike, as referred to by the reservation residents, has left many homes as well as memories buried underwater; but like any good storyteller, Gansworth brings many of these stories to the surface in Mending Skins, taking us deeper into the lives of characters first introduced in Indian Summer. Gansworth is an associate professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College

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