Item description for Crack at Dusk Crook of Dawn: A Novel of Discovery by Priscilla Cogan...
Crack at Dusk: Crook of Dawn (Two Canoes Press, 2000), the third novel in The Winona Trilogy, (Winona's Web, Compass of the Heart) continues to explore the deep divide between the modern psychological view of life and the traditional Lakota (Sioux) spiritual perspective, following the same characters: Dr. Meggie O'Connor, the psychologist and Hawk, the Lakota medicine teacher. In Crack at Dusk: Crook of Dawn, the two lovers marry but soon find their relationship sorely tested by the addition of an emotionally disturbed boy, Winona's grandson, who has been violently exposed to the forces of evil. Hawk argues that the boy's soul has been stolen, thus requiring special ceremonies. Meggie is adamant that the boy is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and needs hospitalization. Together the two of them must find - through love, ritual, and story - the way into the boy's heart to bring him back home. An affirmative, healing story, Crack at Dusk: Crook of Dawn provides an uncompromising view of the contaminating nature of evil and the path back to wholeness.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2002
Publisher Two Canoes Press
ISBN 1929590067 ISBN13 9781929590063
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More About Priscilla Cogan
Cogan is a Clinical Psychologist of Irish-American descent, and a practitioner of pipe and sweat-lodge ceremonies.
Priscilla Cogan currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts. Priscilla Cogan was born in 1947.
Reviews - What do customers think about Crack at Dusk Crook of Dawn: A Novel of Discovery?
Courageous, healing tale -- if you can handle it Dec 26, 2005
I thoroughly enjoyed Priscilla Cogan's first two novels in the Meggie O'Connor series. When I read some of the reader reviews of Crack at Dusk Crook of Dawn I was put off but determined to judge for myself whether it was a worthy successor to the other two novels. The first, Winona's Way, dealt with "Good Spirits." The second, Compass of the Heart, with "Trickster Spirits" and this third with "Evil Spirits" -- at least from the perspective of the Lakota. Cogan has successfully woven the strands of her story together so that the reader is drawn into a tale about the nature of good and evil. The issue of satanic ritual abuse is included with some graphic detail that will (and should) make readers uncomfortable. But as one of my teachers has said, we must continue holding up the light despite the scary and ugly things it illuminates. Cogan drives that point home. A worthy read, but only if you dare face your own shadow -- and those of others.
The experience of life's reality Jul 6, 2002
I read a few reviews and was tempted not to buy this book because of the negative feedback. I am glad I changed my mind because I am glad to have completed the ongoing story of Meggie and Hawk. It gave me quite a bit to think about with the story line of ritualist abuse. I did not find it offensive, I found it informative and it brought out love for a human being who overcame personal tragedy. I especially enjoyed how the contiuation of the Lakota ways were always there. It also brought in a lot of thought about other belief systems. The story is one of courage, hope, and faith. The love of a child and the ways of the spirts, helped Hawk to be strong and determined even when no one else believed in him. Meggie's unconditional understanding and her fears made the story believable. I recommend this book to anyone who has read the first two novels. You'd be missing out of a great story based on reality in fiction.
The Path takes the next step... May 27, 2002
In this book Priscilla continues her way of making us feel at ease with not just Christianity working together with the tribalism from the previous book, but she goes on to build it up with Judaism as well. In times like these it is utterly important with tolerance and respect for eachothers views of life.
She brings in the enemy as well however, but she gives the enemy a very distinct face in this case. I do think it works, but it could have been a very dangerous path for her to go down as the author she is. A Satanic sect is her choice of evil for this book and therefor it is dangerous as well, since it is also a religion - Priscilla seams to be giving her best at broadening the reader's tolerance for religion and it's different faces. Therefor I think it is dangerous for her to go down this path, where she has singled out one particular religion to be the bad guy, I can only hope that her readers are ready for it.
It's a detailed story and I think this might be the chance of a life-time offered for an outsider to step into the mind of a child in this position. It might be horrifying for some, if not all of us, but it serves the point well. She describes the western pshychological ways of working realistically as well, but with something for me, important - I didn't get too upset with their ways, for it hits close to home knowing how difficult it can be to the next of kin of the patient.
Hmm... Excellent writing, very tough subject Mar 5, 2002
As with Ms. Cogan's first two captivating books, I read Crack at Dusk Crook of Dawn in one sitting. Although brilliantly written, the subject matter of extreme child abuse by a satanic cult is spelled out in full stomach-turning, heart-pounding detail (something I was unprepared for, and quite a deviation from her other writings). The path taken to heal the child is equally realistic, and although inspiring, did not balance for me the too-gruesome focus of the story...
the other side to healing :using the Red Road Aug 6, 2001
Tackling the subject of childhood abuse from any perspective can be a difficult task, but Ms. Cogan takes the reader into the inner workings of the slow grueling steps that often accompany healing from such a trauma. She dares the reader to walk in the steps of a child who has to peel away the layers of damage caused by abuse. Using the power of the Red Road and telling the story of what happens through the eyes and soul of the victim, Ms. Cogan illustrates the truth behind what it takes to heal from the things locked within the psychy. I thank Ms. Cogan for undertaking such a difficult subject for it hits very close to home. Being a survivor, I have used the Red Road and am learning that telling the story opens the door to true healing. She presents with fact the effectiveness of how the Red Road is a powerful tool in everyday life, but can also aid in healing. I would encourage anyone to read this book to see through the eyes of the victim as well as the healer.