Reparation: A Novel of Modern Native American Lives

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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez meets Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng in a captivating family drama with the intensity of An Untamed State by Roxane Gay. Perfect for viewers of “Yellowstone,” “Cults,” “Westworld,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” and “Heathers.”

“Beautifully written. The work of a master craftsman.” Grady Harp, Vine Voice

“Endlessly compelling. A fascinating fusion of forms.” Writer's Digest

When Aidan Little Boy visits his sister on a peyote church property in South Dakota, he encounters a religious cult run by an apparently superhuman leader. Suddenly his nondescript life becomes tangled in a world that has grown disturbing and strange.

In a series of remarkable events, the ancient beings of Native American folktales are manipulated by people with strong connections to the parallel world of spirits. Soon Aidan uncovers evidence that his sister and the rapidly growing congregation are in danger. He must understand these unknown powerful forces before the Reparation, a ceremony that will slaughter thousands of innocents.

This complex and surreal novel merges folktales, history, and the contemporary with magical realism in a hypnotically addictive original tale.

Comparable titles: Beneath the Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan, The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter, I’m Watching You by Karen Rose, Night by Elie Wiesel, Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z by David Grann, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, The Round House by Louise Erdich, Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride, Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, The Turner House by Angela Flourney, Plainsong by Kent Haruf, Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart by Ronald H. Balson, and Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin.

Honorable Mention, Writer's Digest 2016 Ebook Award

Shortlisted for Three National Awards

Laine Cunningham’s books are included in the fantastic fiction found on “books to read” and “good books to read” lists curated on online book review sites. Bookworms have compared her stories to bestselling books that garner recommended reading notes by bookstore employees. Browse the full selection of her fiction and nonfiction titles at Amazon books, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore.

“A beautifully written supernatural story - the work of a master craftsman. Fascinating!" Grady Harp, Vine Voice and Hall of Fame Reviewer

The "language has a well-crafted poetry, an impression that is immediate and indelible. The backstory is heartbreaking. Manitou's character grows and grows in complexity [while the] hero [goes] through absolute hell. It's a huge and compelling struggle. Just a beautifully written book. Endlessly compelling. A fascinating fusion of forms.” Writer's Digest Judge, 4th Annual Ebook Awards

"A fascinating read that was hard to put down. Highly recommended." J. Phillips, Library Thing Reviewer

"The writing and imagery are beautiful, and I would definitely recommend the book to adults looking for a smooth, thrilling read." Angel Leya, Goodreads Reviewer

"Extraordinary. The novel explores the Indian traditions and elegantly blends in elements of fantasy. The compelling characters and their adventures make it hard to sleep on time." Client d'A, Reviewer

"This is the first book I have read by this author, and I'm going to look into her others. You won't even realize how long you've been reading until someone interrupts you!" S. Clem, Reviewer

"Can this, will this, be enough to help Aidan Little Boy in stemming such a great tide of evil? Only way to know for sure is to read on, dear reader, read on. I'm going to have to try out her other books. I'm sure I'd be vastly entertained." Rich, Reviewer

"Laine has such a way of writing that draws not just the mind of the reader, but pulls on heartstrings to connect with characters and story alike. Scored GOLD on this one!" S. Wingate, Reviewer

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About the author

Laine Cunningham writes literary novels in the absurdist, speculative, and historical categories. Her books have received the Hackney Literary Award, the James Jones Literary Society Fellowship, Writer’s Digest’s annual ebook award, and honors from national and international art councils. Her short stories have won the 2016 Hackney Award and been published by Reed literary magazine and Birmingham Arts Journal.

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Feb 17, 2016
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Fiction / Dystopian
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Magical Realism
Fiction / Native American & Aboriginal
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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For fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love.

At twenty-seven, Laine Cunningham seemed to have it all: tons of friends, a college degree, plenty of all-night parties, and a secure job. Yet every morning she dragged herself through a life that was corporatized and overly industrialized, a life that falsely glamorized everything she was supposed to want.

Guided only by a map pulled from an old copy of National Geographic, she camped in the Australian Outback for six months…and she did it alone.

Traveling in a time before Expedia or Travelocity, and without any guidebook or travel guide from Lonely Planet, the trip was never intended to be a vacation. Instead, it was a search for something deeper, something that lay inside. Cheap plane tickets or the cost of the airfare were far less important than the investment Laine made in herself.

The self-guided adventure tour around the country covered nearly 17,000 miles. Hostels were preferred to hotels, and then only when camping under the stars wasn’t an option. Otherwise, her best accommodation was the red sand and her only travel guide was her instinct about where on the map to explore next.

Told with warm humor and sparked with suspense, the search revealed a woman's most important discovery: herself.

For fans of Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, Down the Nile by Rosemary Mahoney, Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman, A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson, Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks, Now is the Time to Open Your Heart by Alice Walker, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett, No Place Like Home by Brooke Berman, A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi, Gorge by Kara Richardson Whitely, My Paris Dream by Kate Betts, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman, and Graduates in Wonderland.

Review from Writer's Digest Ebook Award Judge, Jan 2018

Many people fantasize about getting away from it all a la EAT PRAY LOVE. At the relatively tender age of 27, author Laine Cunningham walked the walk, scrapping her restrictive but high-paying corporate job and seemingly secure lifestyle, camping for six months in the Australian outback.

WOMAN ALONE is the product of that adventure and is a fine addition to the woman on her own category of memoirs. Each short chapter is an unpretentious, entertaining and well-preserved slice of life, whether they be misadventures with Australian cuisine, animal mishaps or the many questionable characters she meets along the way. 

Lively, pithy characterizations and descriptions put the reader right on the scene. The Outback is also full of hidden dangers, as she readily acknowledges but has the good sense to mostly avoid. “It would take me ten years to circle back and close out the last of the Outback’s lessons,” she writes at the end. As a travelogue and as an impetus “to launch you onto your own path,” to use the author’s words, it succeeds. 

Reviews for other works by Laine Cunningham 

"Laine Cunningham combines tenacity and courage along with profound insight. Her bravery is contagious. I keep Laine’s books on a special shelf in my library, referring to them when I need inspiration.” Pamela King Cable, Author, The Sanctum and Televenge

“The fact that Laine Cunningham spent six long months on her own in the Australian outback before writing this book leant a rich authenticity to her voice as she shared from her abundantly full, and talented, heart.” Leah Griffith, Author, Cosette’s Tribe

“Demonstrates a mastery of psychological introspection and an uncanny feel for the spirit of place.” James Jones Literary Society

“Mesmerizing and meaningful an inspiring.” Grady Harp, Vine Voice

“An exceptional writer as well as a master storyteller.” Edmund R. Schubert, Author and Editor for Tor

"An affirmation of life.” Shirley, Goodreads Reviewer

“I thought this book would be a quick read, but I found myself lingering, absorbing the message ... I found this book to be both entertaining and informative, one I will probably reread quite a few times.” Dena Harris, Author


For readers of The Secret, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim, Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay, and Paul Coelho.

According to Australia's ancient cultures, all creatures and things emerged from the Dreamtime. The Dreaming is not just a collection of lore or a long-ago time; it is a living energy that flows constantly through the universe. It is then and now, divine and human, spirit and law. Because the spiritual energy is as vibrant today as ever, these ancient stories show us how to survive in a harsh world and how to thrive in our souls.

In the pages of this self-help book are inspirational stories packed with motivational quotes geared toward self-improvement. Each Aboriginal story, retold for a modern audience, is enhanced with an essay from award-winning author Laine Cunningham. Our modern perspectives on love and friendship, illness and joy, life and the afterlife can be enriched with this ancient knowledge.

In The Dance, readers are inspired to follow their dreams while staying balanced in their lives. Trickery and Seven Sisters address love, friendship, self-esteem, personal development, and women’s power. Other stories demonstrate the law of attraction, the mind-body-spirit or mind-body-soul connection, and how to heal feelings and emotions.

Open this book and take your own journey through the eternal Dreamtime. Every turn of the page will develop motivational thoughts, inspiration, and true joy. Discover that the ancient connection to god/goddess/the divine still resonates in your soul. Discover your own truth.

For fans of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, This is Me by Chrissy Metz, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop, I’ve Been Thinking by Maria Shriver, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk, Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven, and Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus. 

Excerpts from this book have been published in spiritual, literary, and inspirational magazines and newsletters, and have been honored with a women’s inspiration award.

Laine Cunningham’s understanding of Aboriginal culture began during a six-month solo journey through the Australian Outback. The same visions that drew her into the red desert also told her that she would die there. A miraculous connection to divine energy saved her life and launched her along the path she follows to this day.

"The fact that Laine Cunningham spent six long months on her own in the Australian outback before writing this book gave a rich authenticity to her voice as she shared from her abundantly full, and talented, heart."

Leah Griffith, Award-winning Author Cosette's Tribe

"Loved it! The traditional Aboriginal stories are fascinating reads. From reading Laine's book, it's easy to feel the sacredness in the Aboriginal culture. I hadn't felt this moved by Aboriginal spirituality since viewing Oprah Winfrey's visit to Australia's Uluru rock." Virginia Lathan 

"Well written and highly informative, Seven Sisters was even better than I'd hoped." C Laney, Author, Lessons from the Cockpit 

"Ever since Laine's first book on Australia, The Family Made of Dust, I have waited anxiously for her next creative work. Seven Sisters molded a deeper understanding of the indigenous concept of 'Dreamtime.' Laine has delicately represented a series of spiritual perspectives leading us to the core of the Aboriginal heart. With her insight, she must have been a native medicine woman in a previous life." Dale Stacy, Author, Diamond in the Rough 

"An intriguing look at the culture of Australia told through a rich oral history and passed down through the ages. The stories they tell are their way of explaining many mysteries of the universe and of life." Mary Blowers, Book Review Blog 

"As a teacher I can see this book being great for many audiences. I personally enjoyed the stories as a nice afternoon pleasure read. I can see the book as a whole being used with older children to help them learn to analyze text and younger children to help teach important life lessons." Robin Perron, Teacher 

"Seven Sisters is comprised of unique stories that have been passed down from generation to generation among the Australian Aborigines. The stories offer insights into another culture, each with a life lesson, and the author adds her own insights to each story." Shaman Elizabeth, Author with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 

"I thought this book would be a quick read, but I found myself lingering, absorbing the message of each story before moving on to the next. I found this book to be both entertaining and informative, one I will probably reread quite a few times." Dena Harris, Award-winning Author, Who Moved My Mouse? 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck meets How to Make Sh*t Happen with raw and ruggedly blunt prompts that cut through the squishy positivity crap.

Through refreshingly explicit prompts, destroy your limits, flaws, and fears. Annihilate the coddled mindset that turns capable individuals into victims, and speak the uncensored truth others need to hear. With Shut the F*ck Up and Just Do It, you will build perseverance, responsibility, inner strength, and true grit.

Improving your life doesn't require a ton of money, a gigantic house, or exotic vacation pics posted to your social feed. When you eliminate the crap that doesn't make two sh*ts worth of difference, the world rewards the real you.

Deflect the losers who drive everyone batsh*t with their constant whining. Eliminate the sabotage driven by the need for perfection. Shut out the assholes spouting sh*tty advice. Learn to kick some serious ass, and step into a life with zero bullsh*t.

A perfect gift for those lazy bastards who suck all the air out of the room with their constant whining, the boss bloated with ego, and the college graduate who just won't leave home, Shut the F*ck Up and Just Do It speaks the words you've always wanted to shout.

Comparable titles: Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim, Go the F*ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith, Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, How to Make Sh*t Happen by Sean Whalen, Grit by Angela Duckworth, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight, Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop, Make Your Bed by William McRaven, Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant, and F*ck Feelings by Michael Bennett.

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