Motorcycles and Sweetgrass

Drew Hayden Taylor's novel tells the story of a mysterious stranger who shows up on a reserve and turns the entire town upside down.

Drew Hayden Taylor

Otter Lake is a sleepy Anishnawbe community where little happens. Until the day a handsome stranger pulls up astride a 1953 Indian Chief motorcycle — and turns Otter Lake completely upside down. Maggie, the reserve's chief, is swept off her feet, but Virgil, her teenage son, is less than enchanted. Suspicious of the stranger's intentions, he teams up with his uncle Wayne — a master of Indigenous martial arts — to drive the stranger from the reserve... and it turns out that the raccoons are willing to lend a hand. (From Vintage Canada)

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From the book

"Everybody used to talk about me. Now they talk about him. I don't understand. What's he got that I don't. He's so depressing. What's his name again?"


From Motorcycles and Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor ©2010. Published by Vintage Canada.

Author interviews

Drew Hayden Taylor answers the Proust Questionnaire. 6:37
Ojibway author Drew Hayden Taylor breaks down what a powwow is and why all Canadians should go to one. 15:35