Books That Inspire 2004

Drowning in Fire
Craig Womack

Craig S. Womack’s Drowning in Fire is more than a captivating novel: it is a manifesto of sorts. People of the Creek Nation, some resurrected from other times, dance across its pages—dancing dispossessed yet unvanquished, dancing in courtship and in worship, dancing in memory of the past and in preparation for the future. Scenes of passion, heartbreak, and even thigh-slapping humor merge and come alive in vivid, enchanting passages. Drowning in Fire carries readers into worlds of American Indian and gay experience, affirming human dignity and reminding us of the saving strength of love.
Marian Stewart
Associate Editor
University of Oklahoma Press