“Reality bends and perceptions warp…”
Based on the 2009 shooting of a Nez Perce man by an Idaho State Police officer, Stripland follows four characters whose lives were upended by this death. Reality bends and perceptions warp as each one travels the same route from the McDonald’s at the base of 21st Street up the hill to Dave's Pawn Shop on Thain Road in the city of Lewiston, Idaho. The separate stories of a homeless man, a woman lawyer, a bereft photographer and an internet trickster eventually intersect and overlap as they try to understand, exploit, or seek revenge for the killing.
Other Books by Joan Burbick:
Thoreau’s Alternative History:
Changing Perspectives on Nature, Culture and Language
Healing the Republic:
The Language of Health and the Culture of Nationalism
in Nineteenth-Century America
Rodeo Queens and the American Dream
Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy
Beyond Imagined Uniqueness:
Nationalisms in Contemporary Perspectives (edited)
from Reviews of Other Books by Joan Burbick:
"A brilliant and insightful reading of America's gun culture, rooted in the history of social violence, which illuminates the conflict between 'gun rights' and civil rights in American Democracy."
—Richard Slotkin, historian and novelist,
Gunfighter Nation: Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth Century America
"Gun Show Nation provides an indispensable ethnographic guide to America's obsession with guns. Anyone interested in understanding the future of gun control and the remarkable resiliency of gun rights in American culture will need to grapple with Burbick's richly nuanced study of gun shows."
—Saul Cornell, historian, A Well-Regulated Militia:
The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America
"Burbick serves up a delectable slice of Americana."
“[Burbick] is capable of showing us both the glitter and the glamour of the rodeo subculture, and at the same time, some of its deepest contradictions."
--Los Angeles Times
"This book tells a story about The West that has not been told before. And it tells it with clarity, humor, faith, skepticism, and a guarded kind of love (which is the best kind of love.) Rodeo Queens are just as important to the idea of The West as Indian chiefs and gunfighters, but more important as their story has not been told."
—Sherman Alexie, novelist and poet,
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
About the Author
For more than thirty years, Joan Burbick lived in the Palouse region of northern Idaho and eastern Washington writing and teaching at Washington State University with periodic stints as a visiting professor at universities in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Warsaw. At present, she resides on an island off the coast of Washington. Her two nonfiction books, Rodeo Queens and the American Dream and Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy were based on years of interviewing people about how the myths of the West shape everyday life. These interviews led her to many people whose lives were dramatically altered by violence. And their stories led her to Stripland, her first novel.