The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong serves as Stephen Graham Jones's debut novel written in 2000. He only started writing the book after being introduced to a Houghton-Mifflin editor (Janet Silver) at a party, and, for some reason, began telling a complicated lie about a book he had written. So, he went home that night and started it.
It was originally titled Golius: A Failed Sestina (or something similar
The Fast Red Road—A Plainsong is a gleeful, two-fisted plundering of the myth and pop- culture surrounding the American Indian. It is a novel fueled on pot fumes and blues, a surreal pseudo-Western, in which imitation is the sincerest form of subversion. Indians, cowboys, and outlaws are as changeable as their outfits; horses are traded for Trans-Ams, and men are as likely to strike poses from Gunsmoke as they are from Custer’s last stand. Pidgin, the half-blood protagonist, inhabits a world of illusion—of aliens, ghosts, telekinesis, and water-pistol violence, where TV and porn offer redemption, and the Indian always gets it in the end. His attempts to... Read More