Day 20 of #ampersandaug16 is #flashback. Joseph Bruchac’s book Geronimo: A Novel is written through a series of flashbacks as Geronimo’s adopted grandson remembers Geronimo’s life. Geronimo is at the end of his long life, imprisoned, when the story begins as his grandson recounts events that have occurred. This narrative device reflects the importance of storytelling and reverence for elders. Bruchac tells about the prison trains, the forced moves from the southwest to Florida, the fighting against the Mexican and the American soldiers. He describes the betrayals and the feeling of despair that plagued the Apaches. While the story is dramatic and tragic, the choice of the grandson as the narrator provides a feeling of distance from the tragedy of Geronimo’s life. This historical fiction is dense, but full of fascinating facts that are sure to capture the attention of the reader. Many people remember Geronimo as a brilliant strategist, but Bruchac’s book focuses on the idea that Geronimo really just wanted closure for himself and his people. He wanted to be buried in the land that he had loved and he wanted to ensure that his people would flourish in their original homeland. Unfortunately, he died still imprisoned as a prisoner of war, along with many of his followers. Geronimo’s wisdom and patience shine through the pages, with Bruchac’s resources listed at the end.