Leanne Howe 's Miko Kings

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LeAnne Howe writes about three central themes throughout her novel Miko Kings. She focuses on: time, history reconciliation, and healing. Using baseball to educate the reader on the true history of the Oklahoma and how it came to be. Lena tells the story as a narrator. Ezol, “a Choctaw woman from the past” experiments with time, educating Lena through her notion that “time is not the same for whites and Indians” (Howe, pg. 24 & 52). Readers leap between important moments of the past and present. Howe’s magical writing allows for a sense of traveling with the characters, back and forth through time to experience it “like a majestic dance” (Howe, pg. 44). Lena revisits her ancestry after a terrorist attack in Jordan. When a voice beckons her for “the time to return home” she obeys. She had been called back “to the land of [her] ancestors” who “had tracked [her] down and [were] speaking” to her (Howe, 20). Lena’s mother had died in childbirth, leaving Lena an orphan. Ezol guides her to reconstruct the history of the Miko Kings: to “unwrap the team’s stories as one might open birthday gifts. Out of order, but with a gift for celebration” (Howe, 22). Ezol’s nightly stories allow Lena to reconstruct lost history, in which “time opens like a coffin”(Howe, 33). Lena is finally brought to a moment of healing. Through Ezol, she discovers that her grandmother may have been involved in corruption that led to the demise of the Miko Kings and the death-by-fire of Ezol. She then comes

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