Reviews of Dove Creek (2010)
Review by michael a draper (2011-06-29)
Patricia Faye departs from her family in Kentucky after finding her husband in a motel with a friend's wife.
She takes her two children, Brett, age ten and Zach, age seven, and goes to Lapwai, Idaho to take a position as a public health nurse.
We observe her interactions with an elderly woman named Sally who lived in such poverty that she didn't have a refrigerator or pots and pans. Her first step was to pursuade Sally to get a flu shot and then found a more suitable place for her to live, in a Senior Housing apartment.
Patricia narrates the story and makes us aware of the health issues facing these American Indians living on a reservation. She deals with obesity existing on an epidemic level causing an extroadinary number of amputations. Patricia attempts to make people aware of the signs such as the loss of sensation to the feet.
She meets a man, has trouble with her children and continues to minister to the sick and elderly while reminiscing about past events in her life.
The last part of the novel is in diary form and with the thinking about the past and other destractions, while interesting to a degree, it took away from the flow of the story. However, it did give a good view of a part of American life in the West.
(This review refers to the expression titled “Dove Creek”.)