The 2022 One Book Siouxland is Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden.
This debut novel has drawn wide acclaim, including this by The Los Angeles Times: “Winter Counts is a once-in-a-generation thriller, an unforgettable debut set in and around South Dakota’s Rosebud Indian Reservation that brims with complex characters, believable conflicts, and an urgent message about Native culture, inequities, and criminal justice. …Propulsive.”
The story focuses on Virgil Wounded Horse, a local enforcer on South Dakota’s Rosebud Indian Reservation. When justice is denied by the American legal system or tribal council, he is hired to deliver punishment—the kind that’s hard to forget. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds his nephew, Virgil’s vigilantism becomes personal. As he begins to link the pieces, Virgil must face his own demons and reclaim his identity to discover that being a Native American in the 21st Century comes at an incredible cost.
This book covers difficult topics such as drug use, drug trafficking, and vigilantism.
In lieu of scheduled book discussions, we urge you to use our Book Discussion Bookmark to start a discussion with your book group, friends, and family. If you would like library staff to help facilitate your discussion, please contact us.
Launched in 2018, One Book Siouxland is a program that encourages area residents to read the same book and discuss it as a community. An annual event, it aims to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and to bring together friends, families, and neighbors to share their experiences.
In 2018, One Book Siouxland participants read Fredrik Backman's best-selling book, A Man Called Ove. Library staff, in partnership with local library users, selected this story because of its theme--"people can change, even if they are set in their ways"--as well as the strong Swedish and Scandinavian heritage that is part of this region and the book.