ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jim Kristofic’s “Reservation Restless” is a nicely wrought weave with varied strands. The strands are part memoir and part reflection on such topics as friendship, family, spirituality, literature, adventure, nature and Navajo culture and history.
Quick moving and savory, the strands are easy for the reader to embrace. That happens for two reasons. One is that the 38-year-old Kristofic is a masterful storyteller. The other is that underpinning the strands are enduring human emotions.
“The book is about love and beauty and grief and loss,” the 38-year-old Kristofic said in a phone interview from his home in Taos, where he teaches high school English.
Born near Pittsburgh, he was raised in Ganado, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation.