Kathleen King

Kathleen King is an English instructor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She received the Alchemist Review Fiction Award for an excerpt from Cricket Sings in 1980.

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Cricket Sings · A Novel of Pre-Columbian Cahokia
By Kathleen King

For Cricket Sings, Cahokia medicine woman, the omens have been bad. She is old, and so at this year’s Sun Ceremony she will tell her stories, the tales handed down from grandparents to grandchildren since the memory of the People began. The Sun King is dying, unable to perfom the Ceremony which will bring good crops to the fields.

“To develop a novel of early Americans in a period so distant that we have no written records of it is to me a miracle. If tour de force were not so overworked an expression I would say that is what Cricket Sings is. To be more specific, Kathleen King has woven a believable and compelling story around the social and economic structure of a time that is known to us only through archeological records. The characters live within their culture and folkways, and are as real as characters in the best of novels.”

Dee Brown