Will You Buy These Books Featuring Indigenous People?

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. For November, I thought I’d do something a little different and choose first lines from books featuring indigenous people. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. I hope you find something that you’ll want to read.

The cover of Comfrey Wyoming is a graphic representation. It features the silhouettes of a girl with a pony tail pulling a wagon with a dog in it followed by a boy holding the reins of a horse following him. Behind them are graphic representation of mountains

The crisp autumn air provided the oxygen, the old wooden house provided the full, and an extension cord, run over by a vacuum cleaner earlier in the day, provided the spark.

Comfrey Wyoming: Book Two Marcela’s Army Daphne Birkmyer

The Cover of Hunting by Stars, a book featuring Indigenous People, has a view from a shadowy pine forest up into a huge very starry sky

I dreamed about my brother.

In the dream, we were still kids—the same age we were the last time I saw him, gangly and uncoordinated.

Hunting by Stars (A Marrow Thieves Novel) by Cherie Dimaline

Cover of all the Quiet Places,  a book featuring Indigenous People, shows a graphic representation of a lone tree trunk with a jagged top as the rest of the tree was torn off


The sultry weather had been building for days until the air weighed on Eddie’s bed like a damp blanket. 

All The Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac

Cover of Little Moon shows a weathered wagon with sideboards in a field with mountains behind it

1837, Summer, Southeastern Edge of Comanche Territory

The Kane family set forth on a dream, in search of a new home.

Little Moon (The People) Lucas Schmidt

The cover of the Old People has a hemp rope stretched from side to side with a knot in the center. The background is mottled gray and white.

This is how the Old People tie a knot: first, they did  a hole. To keep the knot from slipping or breaking, the hole should be dug in darkness just after the first big flood of the many month when the clouds are thick and the mud is thick and the night is dark enough for digging.

The Old People by J Perry


There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random. They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.

If you liked those first lines, you’ll put a gigantic smile on my face if you like these lines enough to buy a book:

The giant bronze angel of death loomed over Miranda Clarke’s shoulder.

My Soul to Keep, Book One in the Fellowship Dystopia series by Lynette M. Burrows

This image says Coming Soon! Fellowship has a new look. The image shows a book in white wrapping paper with a bit torn back to reveal the shadow of a man running on a yellow & orange background.


One word and Ian Hobart’s world teetered into not safe.

Fellowship, a Fellowship Dystopia companion novel, by Lynette M. Burrows

Do You Want to Read More?

Did you enjoy this list from books about Indigenous people? Check out previous First Line Fridays  

What makes you want to buy a book?

The cover? The description? The first line?

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