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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

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by Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (Introduction)

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One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help


One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

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“A most impressive novel that melds the physical world to the spiritual. One Thousand White Women is engaging, entertaining, well-written, and well-told. It will be widely read for a long time, as will the rest of Jim Fergus's work.” —Rick Bass, author of Where the Sea Used to Be

“Jim Fergus knows his country in a way that's evocative Dee Brown and all the other great writers of the American West and its native peoples. But One Thousand White Women is more than a chronicle of the Old West. It's a superb tale of sorrow, suspense, exultation, and triumph that leaves the reader waiting to turn the page and wonderfully wrung out at the end.” —Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump

“The best writing transports readers to another time and place, so that when they reluctantly close the book, they are astonished to find themselves returned to their everyday lives. One Thousand White Women is such a book. Jim Fergus so skillfully envelops us in the heart and mind of his main character, May Dodd, that we weep when she mourns, we shake our fist at anyone who tries to sway her course, and our hearts pound when she is in danger.” —Colorado Springs Gazette

“An impressive historical...terse, convincing, and affecting.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Long, brisk, charming first novel about an 1875 treaty between Ulysses S. Grant and Little Wolf, chief of the Cheyenne nation, by the sports reporter and author of the memoir A Hunter's Road (1992). Little Wolf comes to Washington and suggests to President Grant that peace between the Whites and Cheyenne could be established if the Cheyenne were given white women as wives, and that the tribe would agree to raise the children from such unions. The thought of miscegenation naturally enough astounds Grant, but he sees a certain wisdom in trading 1,000 white women for 1,000 horses, and he secretly approves the Brides For Indians treaty. He recruits women from jails, penitentiaries, debtors' prisons, and mental institutions—offering full pardons or unconditional release. May Dodd, born to wealth in Chicago in 1850, had left home in her teens and become the mistress of her father's grain-elevator foreman. Her outraged father had her kidnaped, imprisoning her in a monstrous lunatic asylum. When Grant's offer arrives, she leaps at it and soon finds herself traveling west with hundreds of white and black would-be brides. All are indentured to the Cheyenne for two years, must produce children, and then will have the option of leaving. May, who keeps the journal we read, marries Little Wolf and lives in a crowded tipi with his two other wives, their children, and an old crone who enforces the rules. Reading about life among the Cheyenne is spellbinding, especially when the women show up the braves at arm-wrestling, foot-racing, bow-shooting, and gambling. Liquor raises its evil head, as it will, and reduces the braves to savagery. But the women recover, go out on the winter kill withtheir husbands, and accompany them to a trading post where they drive hard bargains and stop the usual cheating of the braves. Eventually, when the cavalry attacks the Cheyenne, mistakenly thinking they're Crazy Horse's Sioux, May is killed. An impressive historical, terse, convincing, and affecting.

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One Thousand White Women

The Journals of May Dodd

By Jim Fergus

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 1998 Jim Fergus
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ISBN: 978-1-4299-3884-6




A Train Bound for Glory

"Frankly, from the way I have been treated by the so-called 'civilized' people in my life, I rather look forward to residency among the savages."

(from the journals of May Dodd)

[NOTE: The following entry, undated, appears on the first page of the first notebook of May Dodd's journal.]

I leave this record for my dear children, Hortense and William, in the event that they never see their loving mother again and so that they might one day know the truth of my unjust incarceration, my escape from Hell, and into whatever is to come in these pages ...

23 March 1875

Today is my birthday, and I have received the greatest gift of all — freedom! I make these first poor scribblings aboard the westbound Union Pacific train which departed Union Station Chicago at 6:35 a.m. this morning, bound for Nebraska Territory. We are told that it will be a fourteen-day trip with many stops along the way, and with a change of trains in Omaha. Although our final destination was intended to have been concealed from us, I have ascertained from overhearing conversations among our military escort (they underestimate a woman's auditory powers) that we are being taken first to Fort Sidney aboard the train — from there transported by wagon train to Fort Laramie, Wyoming Territory, and then on to Camp Robinson, Nebraska Territory.

How strange is life. To think that I would find myself on this train, embarking upon this long journey, watching the city retreating behind me. I sit facing backwards on the train in order to have a last glimpse of Chicago, the layer of dense black coal smoke that daily creeps out over the beach of Lake Michigan like a giant parasol, the muddy, bustling city passing by me for the last time. How I have missed this loud, raucous city since my dark and silent incarceration. And now I feel like a character in a theater play, torn from the real world, acting out some terrible and as yet unwritten role. How I envy these people I watch from the train window, hurrying off to the safety of their daily travails while we are borne off, captives of fate into the great unknown void.

Now we pass the new shanties that ring the city, that have sprung up everywhere since the great fire of '71. Little more than cobbled-together scraps of lumber they teeter in the wind like houses of cards, to form a kind of rickety fence around the perimeters of Chicago — as if somehow trying to contain the sprawling metropolis. Filthy half-dressed children play in muddy yards and stare blankly at us as we pass, as if we, or perhaps they, are creatures from some other world. How I long for my own dear children! What I would give to see them one last time, to hold them ... now I press my hand against the train window to wave to one tiny child who reminds me somehow of my own sweet son William, but this poor child's hair is fair and greasy, hanging in dirty ringlets around his mud-streaked face. His eyes are intensely blue and he raises his tiny hand tentatively as we pass to return my greeting ... I should say my farewell ... I watch him growing smaller and smaller and then we leave these last poor outposts behind as the eastern sun illuminates the retreating city — the stage fades smaller and smaller into the distance. I watch as long as I can and only then do I finally gain the courage to change seats, to give up my dark and troubled past and turn around to face an uncertain and terrifying future. And when I do so the breath catches in my throat at the immensity of earth that lies before us, the prairie unspeakable in its vast, lonely reaches. Dizzy and faint at the sight of it, I feel as if the air has been sucked from my lungs, as if I have fallen off the edge of the world, and am hurtling headlong through empty space. And perhaps I have ... perhaps I am ...

But dear God, forgive me, I shall never again utter a complaint, I shall always remind myself how wonderful it is to be free, how I prayed for this moment every day of my life, and my prayers are answered! The terror in my heart of what lies ahead seems of little consequence compared with the prospect of spending my lifetime as an "inmate" in that loathsome "prison" — for it was a prison far more than a hospital, we were prisoners rather than patients. Our "medical treatment" consisted of being held captive behind iron bars, like animals in the zoo, ignored by indifferent doctors, tortured, taunted, and assaulted by sadistic attendants.

My definition of LUNATIC ASYLUM: A place where lunatics are created.

"Why am I here?" I asked Dr. Kaiser, when he first came to see me, fully a fortnight after my "admittance."

"Why, due to your promiscuous behavior," he answered as if genuinely surprised that I dare to even pose such a query.

"But I am in love!" I protested, and then I told him about Harry Ames. "My family placed me here because I left home to live out of wedlock with a man whom they considered to be beneath my station. For no better reason than that. When they could not convince me to leave him, they tore me from him, and from my babies. Can you not see, Doctor, that I'm no more insane than you?"

Then the doctor raised his eyebrows and scribbled on his notepad, nodding with an infuriating air of sanctimony. "Ah," he said, "I see — you believe that you were sent here as part of a conspiracy among your family." And he rose and left me and I did not see him again for nearly six months.

During this initial period I was subject to excruciating "treatments" prescribed by the good doctor to cure me of my "illness." These consisted of daily injections of scalding water into my vagina — evidently intended to calm my deranged sexual desires. At the same time, I was confined to my bed for weeks on end — forbidden from fraternizing with the other patients, not allowed to read, write letters, or pursue any other diversion. The nurses and attendants did not speak to me, as if I did not exist. I endured the further humiliation of being forced to use a bedpan, although there was nothing whatsoever physically wrong with me. Were I to protest or if I was found by a nurse out of my bed, I would be strapped into it for the remainder of the day and night.

It was during this period of confinement that I truly lost my mind. If the daily torture weren't enough, the complete isolation and inactivity were in themselves insupportable. I longed for fresh air and exercise, to promenade along Lake Michigan as I once had ... At great risk I would steal from my bed before dawn and stand on a chair in my room, straining to see out through the iron bars that covered the tiny shaded window — just to catch one glimpse of daylight, one patch of green grass on the lawn outside. I wept bitterly at my fate, but I struggled against the tears, willed them away. For I had also learned that I must not allow anyone on staff to see me weep, lest it be said in addition to the doctor's absurd diagnosis of promiscuity, that I was also victim of Hysteria or Melancholia ... which would only be cause for further tortures.

Let me here set down, once and for ever, the true circumstances of my incarceration.

Four years ago I fell in love with a man named Harry Ames. Harry was several years my senior and foreman of Father's grain-elevator operations. We met at my parents' home, where Harry came regularly to consult with Father on business matters. Harry is a very attractive man, if somewhat rough around the edges, with strong masculine arms and a certain workingman's self-confidence. He was nothing like the insipid, privileged boys with whom girls of my station are reduced to socializing at tea and cotillion. Indeed, I was quite swept away by Harry's charms ... one thing led to another ... yes well, surely by the standards of some I might be called promiscuous.

I am not ashamed to admit that I have always been a woman of passionate emotions and powerful physical desires. I do not deny them. I came to full flower at an early age, and had always quite intimidated the awkward young men of my family's narrow social circle.

Harry was different. He was a man; I was drawn to him like a moth to flame. We began to see each other secretly. Both of us knew that Father would never condone our relationship and Harry was as anxious about being found out as I — for he knew that it would cost him his job. But we could not resist one another — we could not stay apart.

The very first time I lay with Harry I became with child — my daughter Hortense. Truly, I felt her burst into being in my womb in the consummation of our love. I must say, Harry behaved like a gentleman, and assumed full responsibility. He offered to marry me, which I flatly refused, for although I loved him, and still do, I am an independent, some might say, an unconventional woman. I was not prepared to marry. I would not, however, give up my child, and so without explanation I moved out of my parents' home and took up residence with my beloved in a shabby little house on the banks of the Chicago River, where we lived very simply and happily for a time.

Naturally, it was not long before Father learned about his foreman's deception, and promptly dismissed him. But Harry soon found work with one of Father's competitors and I, too, found employment. I went to work in a factory that processed prairie chickens for the Chicago market. It was filthy, exhausting work, for which my privileged upbringing had in no way prepared me. At the same time, and perhaps for the same reason, it was oddly liberating to be out in the real world, and making my own way there.

I gave birth to Hortense and almost immediately became pregnant again with my son William ... sweet Willie. I tried to maintain contact with my parents — I wished them to know their grandchildren, and not to judge me too harshly for having chosen a different path for myself. But Mother was largely hysterical whenever I arranged to visit her — indeed, it is she, perhaps, who should have been institutionalized, not I — and Father was inflexible and refused to even see me when I came to the house. I finally stopped going there altogether, and kept up only a tenuous contact with the family through my older married sister, also named Hortense.

By the time I gave birth to Willie, Harry and I had begun to have some difficulties. I wonder now if Father's agents were already working on him, even then, for he seemed to change almost overnight, to become distant and remote. He began to drink and to stay out all night, and when he came home I could smell the other women on him. It broke my heart, for I still loved him. Still, I was more than ever glad that I had not married him.

It was on one such night when Harry was away that Father's blackguards came. They burst through the door of our house in the middle of the night accompanied by a nurse, who snatched up my babies and spirited them away as the men restrained me. I fought them for all I was worth — screaming, kicking, biting, and scratching, but, of course, to no avail. I have not seen my children since that dark night.

I was taken directly to the lunatic asylum, where I was consigned to lie in bed in my darkened room, day after day, week after week, month after month, with nothing to occupy my time but my daily torture and constant thoughts of my babies — I had no doubt they were living with Father and Mother. I did not know what had become of Harry and was haunted by thoughts of him ... (Harry, my Harry, love of my life, father of my children, did Father reward you with pieces of gold to give me up to his ruffians in the middle of the night? Did you sell your own babies to him? Or did he simply have you murdered? Perhaps I shall never know the truth ... )

All of my misery for the crime of falling in love with a common man. All of my heartbreak, torture, and punishment because I chose to bring you, my dearest children, into the world. All of my black and hopeless despair because I chose an unconventional life ...

Ah, but surely nothing that has come before can be considered unconventional in light of where I am now going! Let me record the exact events that led me to be on this train: Two weeks ago, a man and a woman came into the ladies dayroom at the asylum. Owing to the nature of my "affliction" — my "moral perversion," as it was described in my commitment papers (a sham and a travesty — how many other women I wonder have been locked away like this for no just cause!), I was among those patients strictly segregated by gender, prohibited even from fraternizing with members of the opposite sex — presumably for fear that I might try to copulate with them. Good God! On the other hand, my diagnosis seemed to be considered an open invitation to certain male members of the asylum staff to visit my room in the middle of the night. How many times did I wake up, as if suffocating, with the weight of one particularly loathsome attendant named Franz pressed upon me, a fat stinking German, corpulent and sweating ... God help me, I prayed to kill him.

The man and woman looked us over appraisingly as if we were cattle auction, and then they chose six or seven among us to come with them to a private staff room. Conspicuously absent from this group were any of the older women or any of the hopelessly, irredeemably insane — those who sit rocking and moaning for hours on end, or who weep incessantly or hold querulous conversations with their demons. No, these poor afflicted were passed over and the more "presentable" of us lunatics chosen for an audience with our visitors.

After we had retired to the private staff room, the gentleman, a Mr. Benton, explained that he was interviewing potential recruits for a government program that involved the Indians of the Western plains. The woman, who he introduced as Nurse Crowley, would, with our consent, perform a physical examination upon us. Should we be judged, based on the interview and examination, to be suitable candidates for the program, we might be eligible for immediate release from this hospital. Yes! Naturally, I was intrigued by the proposal. Yet there was a further condition of family consent, which I had scant hope of ever obtaining.

Still I volunteered my full cooperation. Truly, even an interview and a physical examination seemed preferable to the endless hours of agonizing monotony spent sitting or lying in bed, with nothing to pass the time besides foreboding thoughts about the injustice of my sentence and the devastating loss of my babies — the utter hopelessness of my situation and the awful anticipation of my next "treatment."

"Did I have any reason to believe that I was not fruitful?" — this was the first question posed to me by Nurse Crowley at the beginning of her examination. I must say I was taken aback — but I answered promptly, already having set my mind to passing this test, whatever its purpose. "Au contraire!" I said, and I told the nurse of the two precious children I had already borne out of wedlock, the son and daughter, who were so cruelly torn from their mother's bosom.

"Indeed," I said, "so fruitful am I that if my beloved Harry Ames, Esq., simply gazed upon me with a certain romantic longing in his eyes, babes sprang from my loins like seed spilling from a grain sack!"

(I must mention the unmentionable: the sole reason I did not become with child by the repulsive attendant Franz, the monster who visited me by night, is that the pathetic cretin sprayed his revolting discharge on my bedcovers, humping and moaning and weeping bitterly in his premature agonies.)

I feared that I may have gone too far in my enthusiasm to impress Nurse Crowley with my fertility, for she looked at me with that tedious and by now all too familiar expression of guardedness with which people regard the insane — and the alleged insane alike — as if our maladies might be contagious.

But apparently I passed my initial examination, for next I was interviewed by Mr. Benton himself, who also asked me a series of distinctly queer questions: Did I know how to cook over a campfire? Did I enjoy spending time outdoors? Did I enjoy sleeping out overnight? What was my personal estimation of the western savage?

"The western savage?" I interrupted. "Having never met any western savages, Sir, it would be difficult for me to have formed any estimation of them one way or another."

Finally Mr. Benton got down to the business at hand: "Would you be willing to make a great personal sacrifice in the service of your government?" he asked.

"But of course," I answered without hesitation.

"Would you consider an arranged marriage to a western savage for the express purpose of bearing a child with him?"

"Hah!" I barked a laugh of utter astonishment. "But why on earth?" I asked, more curious than offended. "For what purpose?"

"To ensure a lasting peace on the Great Plains," Mr. Benton answered. "To provide safe passage to our courageous settlers from the constant depredations of the bloodthirsty barbarians."


Excerpted from One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. Copyright © 1998 Jim Fergus. Excerpted by permission of St. Martin's Press.
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Meet the Author

Jim Fergus is field editor and monthly columnist for sports Afield magazine and also writes a monthly feature on the AllOutdoors.com Web site. His work has appeared in numerous national magazines and newspapers, and he is the author of the nonfiction book A Hunter's Road. He lives in northern Colorado.

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MoonpieMama More than 1 year ago
I just finished re-reading this book, something I rarely do. Jim Fergus has created a rich, lush, story filled with enduring characters and thought provoking themes. I am an avid reader and this is certainly one of my all time favorites and one I always recommend. One Thousand White Women is a fictional account of a would be cultural experiment. It is based on the true fact that in 1854 at a peace conference a Cheyenne chief requested the gift of 1,000 white women as brides for his men. The Cheyenne were/are a matrilineal society...children belonging to their mother's tribe. This would have allowed for the Cheyenne to begin assimiliating into white culture. Of course this request was not met in real life but Fergus vividly paints for us a portrait of what might have happened. This novel gives us female characters that inspire, motivate and break our hearts. White women, and one escaped African American slave, who risk everything for the opportunity to choose their own destinys. The main character, May Dodd was commited to an insane asylum by her family for, "Moral perversion" after living with and having children out of wed lock with a man beneath her social status. She chooses to volunteer to go west and be married to a "Savage" as a way of gaining her freedom and hopefully one day reconnecting with the children she bore out of wedlock. The book, One Thousand White Women, is her journal and letters to her children and others. We learn of her love for an American soldier she meets along the way and her marriage to a Cheyenne chief named Little Wolf. I think the center of the story though is the bond between Mary and the other white women who make the journy with her. Humorous, touching and inspiring...the tale of their friendship and support truly makes this book the treasure it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Bought this book brand new and have lent it out so much that the cover is extremely tattered. After 7 years of first reading this book it is one that is at the top of my recommendation list for people to read if they are ask if I can recommend anything good to read. I think it will appeal to not only women but men. The author did great research and writes so well that I have to remind some of my friends that the book is fiction and based on a 'what if?' notion.'
Book-lovin-momma More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the whole premise of the story was very original and fascinating. My only complaint about the book is that the main characters are female - who despite the author's attempts - are unlike any women I have ever met. They think like men, have sex like men, process violence and sexual assault like only a man could, etc. I read this book with my bookclub - all female - and our opinion was unaminous that only a man would think that gang-raping a woman would "tame" her. Still, despite this annoying issue, the story was fascinating and the plot well written.
A-Village-Bookie More than 1 year ago
The characters draw the reader into their world. A world where they do not fit the typical role expected of women in the 1860's. Each of the characters brings their own set of strenghts and fears to the group. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
gigi1025 More than 1 year ago
I did find this very interesting, and the early references to "strong" women taking charge of their lives was enjoyable, also the "history" of what it could have been like was a page turner. HOWEVER, there are many parts that I had to skim over, keeping in mind it is about savages and there are parts that are hard to read. The cruelty to animals and the "savage" treatment of other tribes.
Amy_D_Z More than 1 year ago
It's 1875, and the dwindling tribes of Plains Indians are seeking creative solutions for peace with the white men and the US Government (which has broken promise after promise with the Indians, but grows daily in numbers and strength, regardless of the number and increasing intensity of Indian attacks and attempts at pushing back the White men). Seeking an "honorable" way to assimilate into White society, respected Cheyenne Chief Little Wolf approaches the "Great White Father," President Ulysses Grant with a proposal. The proposal was for the US government to trade 1000 white women for 1000 horses. They Cheyenne are a matriarchal tribe and believe that children belong to their mothers. The Cheyenne men would take as wives the white women, breed with them and thereby mingle the races, leading to a natural assimilation. Well, the mere suggestion of handing over white, Christian women to red-skinned savages is enough to cause a near-riot in the hall where the meeting took place. All rejected it summarily - publicly. The plan, however, was secretly agreed upon and the trades began... May Dodd had grown up in a wealthy Chicago family. Her rebellious nature brought her into a relationship with one of her father's employees. She moved out of her comfortable home, married the man and had two children with him. May's father was so outraged by her behavior (which he deemed inappropriate in her and humiliating to himself) that he had her committed to a mental asylum, charging her with Promiscuity. Her children were taken away, and she was left to the inhuman "treatments" meant to cure her of her affliction. You can only imagine. When an opportunity arose to break free from the asylum (through the "Brides for Indians" program of the US Government) May jumped at it... This book is a record of her adventures, and what adventures they were! Did you ever wish you'd not read a particular book... just so you could experience the pleasure of reading it again - for the first time? This is one of those books. I highly recommend it!
BookClubLadyLB More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book and easy read. Although fiction, it read like a non-fiction book. It gave a very realistic account of how it would be like to live with the Cheyenne Indians as a white woman in the late 1800's. It gave information about the choices, or lack thereof, women had at that time. It was exciting and pretty well researched. I highly recommend it for those who would like to know more about that time period and place and American Indians.
ctpomodoro More than 1 year ago
1000 White Women By Jim Fergus Written in a female voice, this is a novel about injustice and betrayal. It is an imaginative fictional account of May Dodd's travel west to marry a Cheyenne warrior. Along with a cast of "brides" that include a mute, a nurse, an English naturalist, a Southern belle, a black woman, a Swiss and lusty Irish twins, May takes part in Ulysses S.Grant's program to trade women for horses. Whose idea was this? Was it clandestine? This book will make you want to find the answers to what actually happened in 1854.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting - well written. Reader MUST remember that this is really fiction based on one statement in history. Just one statement. The book really sticks in your mind.
sevensisters More than 1 year ago
One Thousand White Women was a great book to read. I couldn't put it down. I found myself peaking into the next chapter so I could see what happened to the characters. It was very suspenseful and I would highly recommend it. I passed it on to my sister for her plane ride back home.
Logan14 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It made good reading.
charlin More than 1 year ago
This was one fabulous book, wish it didn't end! Tried to keep reading as long as possible. Wish there was a series about these women!
LenexaNookReader More than 1 year ago
I love books that give you every description needed to create your own visualization of the places, people and events. One Thousand White Women is just that ... a story that unfolded, giving you the words to create every scene with great detail, and making the reading of the story even more intense. I was amazed at how much the author captured the feelings from a female perspective, giving true definition to both the main character as well as her fellow tribe-mates. One Thousand White Women gives me reason to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I plan on reading it a second time, which I usually do not do. This book is different from anything I have ever read. The personalities of the characters portrayed, and circumstances they are involved are refreshingly different. I am so glad I purchased this book.
hotshots More than 1 year ago
All the time I was reading this book I thought it was a true story. I'm thinking, how come I never heard about this. In the end I find the true facts. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it. Yes I would read something written by Jim Fergus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only fault is that it is too believable! Very engaging read with addictive characterization.
MazieDE More than 1 year ago
The story was unbelieveable. The females were cast as stereotypes - black warrior girl, Irish lasses as drinkers and gamblers, southern genteel lady as a bigot and prude, etc., etc., etc.
Elizabeth Zeppilli More than 1 year ago
i read this book years ago and have been suggesting it to others ever since.
MimiSC More than 1 year ago
Character development is probably this author's strongest suit. You will become friends with all the characters in the book, and you end up rooting for the least likely players. A great read ... our book club loved it and your's will, too! I have recommended this book to family and friends, and have given it as a gift to all the young women in my family. I highly recommend it!
samikins More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book!Even had me laughing outloud at times.. I would actually read this book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good read about a sad time in our history. I found it informative and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! One of those books where you think about the characters when you're not reading it. Finished it in record time because I had to find out how their lives turned out. A bonus was the interesting historical narrative. Will keep this book in my library after passing it around to my family and friends who love to read. I plan to recommend this to my book club because it will make for an interesting discussion.
pb42TX More than 1 year ago
This book is a great story of women who go to live with a group of American Indians. They are sent by the American government to become wives to the Indians and to help integrate the tribes into American society. Historical fiction lovers will enjoy the inside look into the culture of the Indian tribes and get a snapshot of the way early Americans felt and interacted with them. It's a really good story, easy to follow and keeps you interested until the very end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It was one that I couldn't put down, and I have recommended it to many friends. It is one of the better books I have read in a long time.