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Author: Kate Niles
ISBN: 0974207403
Subcategory: Literary
Pages 224 pages
Publisher Greycore Pr; First Edition edition (June 1, 2004)
Language English
Category: Fiction
Rating: 4.6
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Well written by a brilliant mind who is very familiar with the subject matter.
Not many Authors can keep me focused on the story. I am an avid reader of Stephen King. But now I have found a new Writer that excites me. I could not put down The Basket Maker. It is not too long, but at the same time you wanted more. The writer is very talented and taught me a great lesson through her book. Everyone should read this book! 5 Stars +
The Basket Maker

Kate Niles

GreyCore Press - May 15, 2004

PB 224

ISBN# 0-97420-7-0-3


Review by Christina Francine

What is being done to our children? Will we allow this until the end of time? Niles wove a story around a real life sensitive issue and readers will not forget. They can't for sometimes monsters rise from close by and from the most unlikely places.

This story offers a blend of luminous prose, thought-provoking issues, and incredible story telling. Powerful, timely, and sure to haunt. Niles takes a look at an unspeakable end to innocence.

Interesting arrays of characters provide moment-by-moment, first-hand accounts as the story unfolds.

These include:

Sarah - Ten-year-old girl

Maddy - An elderly woman who lives next door.

Ouray - The deceased Indian Chief

Barbara - A neighbor whose son receives severe, life- changing burns over most of his body.

Snow Geese - They add perspective and an account of time.

The story opens with a modern setting of the American West. Niles gives tremendous imagery thus teaching as well as entertaining. She's painted surroundings that generate rich images for the mind's eye and ears.

Sarah Graves and her family recently moved again for the fourth time. She and her brother, Ricky don't like sharing a bedroom in the basement with black widow spiders who're definitely the owners. Why couldn't they have the two perfectly good rooms upstairs? Why did their mother insist she have them instead?

Both of Sarah's parents were college professors, but only her father worked. Her mother stayed home, yet rarely spent time with Sarah and Ricky. She'd rather they busied themselves away from her.

Sarah wished her mother was like other mothers, wished she'd see. She also wished her mother didn't hate her. Sarah just knew she did, but why?

Another wish Sarah had was to play the blues and ragtime on the piano instead of classical. Every Wednesday she and her brother went to piano lessons in town. No matter where they lived her mother insisted. One day though Sarah is drawn to the roundhouse down at the rail yard.

The light is on again in the basement of the Grave's house. Past two a.m.? Maddy can't imagine what goes on down there night after night. What business is it of hers anyway? So what if they were neighbors? She can't sleep. Her house spooks her. If only Lars hadn't hung himself in their basement.

Maddy know Travis came home from the burn hospital and that she should call his mother. After all Barbara used to be her Sunday school student years ago. So many years had past since they'd last spoke, yet...

Sarah visits her son. She is the only child not to turn away after seeing Travis' distorted skin. Barbara marvels at the girl's courage and tenderness. Still, something bothers her about Sarah. There's a certain look in her eyes, a stare like Barbara had when her father died.

Some life events cannot be forgotten even after death. Chief Ouray still beats himself up over his five-year-old son being stolen by the enemy. It was his fault and so he couldn't go to the spirit world. His anger held with the white man too leading him to haunt. One man he appeared to was Lars, Maddy's husband. Again, regret filtered into the Chief for Lars may have did what he did because of Ouray.

One night Ouray had to find out and decides to visit Maddy. They talk deeply, and later decide to peek into the neighbor's basement window, for it shown bright late at night again. What they see, discover, horrifies their souls.

Story Excerpt:

Sarah - "Napalm. Fire. I am not here. How could-?"

Like being operated on while she's still awake.

"I am not here."

Up on the ceiling where he can't get to her.

He can't know that but he must see something hollow in her because he says, "It's important to think of others, Sarah."

"I have made it again. My jaw says: you won't get to me."

Ouray - "I am Chief Ouray. Here I am, a skeleton since

1880, dead ninety some winters up this hillside.

I started haunting a long time ago.

I'm going to make him sweat the biggest sweat of his life.

Until all that evil drips out of him and scorches the ground beneath his feet."

Kate Niles is a college writing instructor and holds a degree in Anthropology, Archeology and Creative Writing. The Basket Maker was a finalist in the Heekin Group Foundation Awards for a novel-in-progress. Her books of poems, Geographies Of The Heart, was published by Blue Heron Press in 1997, and her poetry, short-stories and essays have appeared in library journals and have been broadcast on public radio. Kate is also the recipient of the Colorado Council of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for Creative Writing in 2003.

The Basket Maker drew the mother lioness out in me. Nile's reinforces that children require protection - be it our own or our neighbor's. Children are our greatest resource and need to be watched over, nurtured, and disciplined. They are not miniature adults with adult understanding, bodies, or abilities, and shouldn't be treated as such or given adult responsibilities.

I recommend this book for everyone because we were all children once struggling to learn how to survive in an adult world.
The Basket Maker has a couple of elements that made it a super read for me. First getting into the story is like working a jig saw puzzle. Except this is not a flat puzzle with one point of view, us looking down on a picture. This is a multidimensional puzzle, presented from the points of view of four main characters in the middle of it. One by one, each views a series of events that join them to each other. That makes a complex read, guaranteed to keep anyone paying attention. The second neat thing is this: by the time we see how everybody thinks and fits together in the plot, author Kate Niles has given us the story of a litle girl facing life for the first time, and of grownups working through that life just a little ahed of her. Together they help each other face and work through problems. The Basket Maker offers a simple message: we are all community and we all support each other. We are all interrelated. We all face tough issues, but together we will find a way to manage them. Some we will actually solve. How life affirming
This is a powerfully realistic novel. It is raw and compelling, written with courage, wisdom and truth. At the same time it is an uplifting story of redemption and healing. Niles' weaving of hope into her story as the main characters come together to create their basket, their container, for compassion, support and survival is nothing short of masterful. The Basket Maker is an excellent book.
I too couldn't book this book down. The message here applies to all of us. Niles' archeology and anthropology background complement her terrific writing to create a meaningful story and a vivid picture of the Southwest.
One of the many things Kate Niles does beautifully in The Basket Maker is create a voice with the setting. In the Southwest, the land is not just a backdrop, the land is a character, and Kate brings it to life by having the Peaks tell pieces of the story. The rest of the characters are vivid and real, and reading about the town makes me homesick for the real one it's based on! This is an amazing first novel by one of my favorite professors and I'm anxiously awaiting the next one!
I just finished reading The Basket Maker. I literally could not put it down. What a very powerful, intense book. It held my interest from start to finish. Very interesting how all the character's lives blended together. Full of geography, history and psychological drama. I would recommend this book highly. Bravo to Kate Niles !!!!!!