Walking the Choctaw Road by Tim Tingle
Tim Tingle is a Choctaw author, speaker and storyteller extraordinaire. The stories in this book take place in several states and throughout history. My goal is to highlight a different book and author for every state. I’ve placed this book in Oklahoma, though it would be equally at home in any of the other states listed below.
This audiobook includes 12 short stories: Crossing Bok Chitto; The Beating of Wings; Trail of Tears; Bones on the Brazos; Caleb; The Choctaw Way; Brothers; Lizbeth and the Madstone; Tony Byars; Archie’s War; Saltypie; and We are a People of Miracles. These stories take place in several states and historical periods, including the present, and often include songs and music. The tone and feel of the book varies with the story and will have you by turns laughing, crying, intrigued, angry and at the edge of your seat. This “variety pack” includes several genres including humor, historical fiction, history, magical realism, tragedy, triumph, mystery and more.
Awards: Tim Tingle has won the 2003 John Henry Faulk Award (for storytelling); awards from Storytelling World; 2002 Contemporary Storytelling of the Year (by the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers. Walking the Choctaw Road was a finalist for the 2004 Oklahoma Book Award.