By Lisa Wingate

Adopted at 13, Dell Jordan used to be enjoyed, mentored, and inspired to pursue her ardour for song. Now, at twenty, after a 12 months in a foreign country with a touring symphony, a scholarship to Julliard is nearby. yet beneath Dell's easily polished floor lurk mysteries from the earlier. Why did her mom abandon her? Who was once her father? Are there faces someplace that appear like hers-blood kinfolk she's by no means met?

decided to discover solutions, Dell units off on a mystery trip into Oklahoma's Kiamichi Mountains, drawn through the one last hyperlink to her origins- a father's local American identify on her beginning certificates. within the voices of her Choctaw ancestors, she'll become aware of the keys to a destiny in contrast to whatever she can have imagined.

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A Thousand Voices

Followed at 13, Dell Jordan was once enjoyed, mentored, and inspired to pursue her ardour for song. Now, at twenty, after a yr overseas with a touring symphony, a scholarship to Julliard is close by. yet beneath Dell's easily polished floor lurk mysteries from the previous. Why did her mom abandon her?

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Possibilities swirled through my mind, unanswered questions, altered realities. In my mind, my father was someone like my mother—mixed up, messed up, too irresponsible to care for a child. “What if I find out something really bad? What if my father was . ” Was a perfectly normal person, and the truth was that he didn’t know me because he didn’t want to? What if he chose to leave me behind? What if my father was the man I remembered Mama dating just be- 22 % L i s a W i n g at e fore she died—the stone-faced man with the long dark hair, the one who took Mama away to an apartment in Kansas City and let her pump meth into herself until her heart stopped beating?

Barry was talking about the trip to Oklahoma, offering to go with me next week, after the cotillion was over. ” “It would probably be a waste of time. I should be picking out some classes at KBJC. ” Barry gave me an incredulous look. “What are you going to do at KBJC? ” “I’d probably be better off getting my enrollment taken care of, for now. I can go to Oklahoma some other time . . ” The remark was surprisingly frank for Barry. “You’re just making excuses. I thought you’d step right off the plane talking about getting into Juilliard, making plans to put together some pieces A T h o u s a n d Vo i c e s % 21 for your application CD, and instead you’re talking about KBJC.

It was our family phrase, code words for all the things that went unsaid. I love you. Be careful. We’ll miss you while you’re gone. Hurry home. Safe trip. When I’d left for Europe, we’d parted with only those two words. This time, he hovered in the doorway, as if something more needed to be said. ” He turned around and left, his travel case clicking down the hall. I rolled over and stared at the KC Symphonic Spring Duet poster on the wall—a remnant from my high school days. The picture had been taken during Harrington Academy’s annual performance with the symphonic.

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