A yellow raft in blue water the story of three women's lives, three strands of narration that, braided together, form the narrative history of Ida's, her daughter Christine's, and Christine's daughter Rayona's lives. Divided into three separate yet interconnected sections, each narrated by one of the female protagonists, Dorris' novel explores the perceptions and misperceptions that define each woman's search for self-identity. If told in a linear fashion, Dorris' text would read something like the following. Ida, a young Indian girl raised on a Montana reservation, faces a crisis in her and her family's life when Clara, her mother's sister and therefore Ida's aunt, has a sexual affair with her brother-in-law, Lecon, her mother's husband and Ida's father. Clara gets pregnant with Lecon's child, and to conceal the illicit affair, Ida agrees to accept Clara and Lecon's child as her own. When the child, who is named Christine, is born, Ida assumes full responsibility for raising it. She
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