Books: Indian Maze

WINTER IN THE BLOOD by JAMES WELCH 176 pages. Harper & Row. $6.95.

The narrator of this small first novel is a nameless American Indian. 32 years old, "servant," as he describes himself, "to a memory of death." He already has plenty to remember. His older brother died at 14, crumpled by a car while trying to drive cattle across a Montana highway. After years of "making white men laugh" at local bars, his father failed to come home one night. He was later found frozen "stiff as a slat" in a snowdrift. The narrator...

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