Tallgrass: A Novel of the Great Plains

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This is the story of the warriors and priests, trappers and traders, explorers and schemers who came across the frontier seeking new faith and new fortune. Here is Heron Woman of the Horn People: drawn by a curious yet powerful desire into the arms of a stranger, she gives birth to a child of destiny. Here also are the freed slave named Washington who follows in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, choosing to live among the Comanches; and easterner Jed Sterling, who leaves the comfort of Princeton to seek his ...
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This is the story of the warriors and priests, trappers and traders, explorers and schemers who came across the frontier seeking new faith and new fortune. Here is Heron Woman of the Horn People: drawn by a curious yet powerful desire into the arms of a stranger, she gives birth to a child of destiny. Here also are the freed slave named Washington who follows in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, choosing to live among the Comanches; and easterner Jed Sterling, who leaves the comfort of Princeton to seek his fortune in the wilderness - only to discover the price of love and survival. These are but a few of the unforgettable characters who come alive in these pages - a boldly dramatic, vividly authentic portrait of Kansas and its heritage. A tale of conquest and tyranny, political intrigue and personal betrayal, romance, revenge, and revelation, Tallgrass captures as never before all the grandeur of the great North American prairie.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Taking a break from his Spanish Bit Saga (Bearer of the Pipe, etc.), Coldsmith delivers a meticulously detailed, sweeping tale of Native American life and the gradual encroachment by the white man's world. Covering nearly 300 years of North American prairie history, the novel consists of seven loosely connected stories. The first begins in 1541, when the Spanish arrive on the continent and peacefully encounter the Pani tribe. At this time, Heron Woman conceives a child with a Spaniard, the first of many unions in the book. More than 100 years later, tensions arise between the natives and the settlers, resulting in conflict and massacre. The stories continue with a French ambassador in 1724; the heirs of Lewis and Clark and further expeditions in the West; the legacy of Daniel Boone; and the opening of commerce and the Santa Fe Trail in the 1820s. They end in 1835, when a Princeton dropout, who has been living with a Native American tribe, returns home to "civilization" for a brief visit. Coldsmith is a master storyteller, who here offers a colorful and clever lesson in history, bringing to life the experience of people discovering, trusting and adapting to each other in uncertain and wondrous times. (Apr.)
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Coldsmith, the author of numerous books of historical fiction set in the U.S. West, has penned an expansive saga concerning the opening of the Santa Fe Trail. Starting with the coming of the Spanish conquistadors in 1541, his work spans 300 years to a time when the fur trade has died, Eastern Native Americans have been relocated onto lands west of the Mississippi, and conflict is building between the Plains Indians and Eastern interlopers, both Indian and white. Coldsmith focuses on a tribe of Pawnee and the devastation that contact with whites brings. This powerful novel demonstrates the diversity of the Native American culture while treating the tribes and their history with dignity and understanding. A book that will be remembered and savored long after the covers are closed. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/97.]-Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
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  • ISBN-13: 9780553577761
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/4/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.93 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2000

    Another Hit for a great Author

    If you read any other of his books you will enjoy this one because he continues his story of Native American people and just watch his star is rising.

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