“As a writer, you ask yourself to dream while awake.” ―Aimee Bender
'Real Indian, A Novel in Progress
Sunnie isn’t sure if she’s a real Indian. Unlike her father and grandmother, she passes as white.
Sunnie is also an artist; her visions of the world haunt her and she struggles to make them real.
When Sunnie returns home to Oklahoma to find her missing father, she embarks on a search for her own identity through the uncovering of family secrets, myths, and unrealized potential.
When Sunnie finds her father’s secret memoir, she discovers how his own motivations and wrestling with Native roots shaped the decisions she is left to live and the art she must make. This is a story of a woman reconciling the past: her own family’s and her culture’s. It's the story of an artist who learns that before she can fulfill her calling, she must first wrestle with who she is.