I needed something just for fun to read this week and picked up Tony Hillerman’s The Blessing Way. I was not disappointed.
My readers may have noticed that the bulk of my reading is fairly serious and educational. But I also read for entertainment. Actually, I have no TV so reading is my primary source of entertainment, enlightenment, and news. I also finished How Al-Anon Works: for Families and Friends of Alcoholics this week but don’t think I can write any sort of review on it. It’s a great book and was quite informative but all I can really say on it is that if anyone you know has any alcohol or addiction issues it may be well worth your time to read it for yourself. Back to reading for fun now.
I don’t tend to read much in the mystery genre. But oh, my tired brain greatly enjoyed this book as potato chip reading. It requires just enough effort not to be boring, is fast paced and entertaining.
It’s set on the Navajo Reservation, the border of which is less than half a mile from my house. For those who aren’t familiar with Navajo mythology or culture The Blessing Way provides plenty of education to help the reader along but I felt misses some of the bone chilling horror some witch stories carry. This might be just my bias having grown up hearing Navajo ghost and witch stories around the supper table. I’ll be honest, despite “knowing” it’s “just superstition” some of those stories still creep me out.
Tidbits of humor are expertly woven into the page-turning suspense of the story along side what, to many readers, will feel like foreign culture. I like that Hillerman avoids treating Native Americans as a fetish for entertaining white America; he treats his characters as real human beings rather than stereotypes. No easy feet in a fast-paced, shorter novel.