Book Review: Winter Counts

5 stars

Genre: Crime fiction/thriller

Winter Counts

David Heska Wanbli Weiden wrote an amazing debut that brings to life Lakota culture and brims with suspense. I love how the main character, Virgil Wounded Horse, has to come to terms with his history, grief, and disappointments in life. I was also emotionally invested in his relationship with his nephew.

Weiden does a great job of painting a nuanced picture of reservation life. He’s also able to weave in current issues, especially surrounding drugs. The narrative continues to get tighter and tighter until the explosive end.

A powerful punch of a novel with a layered and complex Lakota main character at the heart of it.

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