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The Jailing of Cecelia Capture

Janet Campbell Hale

Cecelia Capture Welles, an Indian law student and mother of two, is jailed on her thirtieth birthday for drunk driving. Held on an old welfare fraud charge, she reflects back on her life on the reservation in Idaho, her days as an unwed mother in San Francisco, her marriage to a white liberal, and her decision to return to college. This mixed inheritance of ambition and despair brings her to the brink of suicide.

" The Jailing of Cecelia Capture is a beautifully written book. Janet Campbell Hale's gifts are genuine and deeply felt."—Toni Morrison


Janet Campbell Hale is also the author of Bloodlines, winner of the American Book Award. She is a member of the Coeur d'Alene tribe of northern Idaho.


“Hale draws on her own American Indian heritage to provide the rich detail, authentic dialogue and unfurbished prose that add special drama to a convincing and memorable story.”


Publishers Weekly

"(A). . . poignant, memorable novel . . . a fine piece of writing . . ."


Feminist Bookstore News

“At the end of this novel one is left with a feeling of grim determination that suggests in its very simplicity, a new valuation of life, of going on.”


American Indian Culture and Research Journal

5.5 x 8.25 in. 208 pages