June Rise: The Apocryphal Letters of Joseph Antoine Janis

June Rise: The Apocryphal Letters of Joseph Antoine Janis

by William Tremblay


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Sweeping from the austere beauties of the Rocky Mountains to the high plains, The June Rise brings to life the true story of Joseph Antoine Janis's visionary transformation from a Missouri farm boy to an advisor to Lakota Chief Red Cloud. Author William Tremblay creates a riveting collection of imagined letters by Janis chronicle this pioneer's apprenticeship to his father in the beaver trade and his marriage to First Elk Woman, an Oglala holy woman -- all the while capturing the spirit of the land in poetic descriptions, even as it becomes a killing ground during the Indian wars of the nineteenth century.

After the battle of Little Big Horn, the U.S. government issued Janis an ultimatum: divorce First Elk Woman and keep his homestead in Colorado, or relinquish his land and share her fate in the Badlands of Pine Ridge Reservation. The compelling forces that shape his decision form a classic story of the American frontier. This novel is, above all, a love story of the first order.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874211764
Publisher: Utah State University Press
Publication date: 10/28/1994
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

William Tremblay was born and brought up in the shadow of the mills and factories of Southbridge, Massachusetts. After receiving his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, he moved west to Colorado, where for almost 30 years he has been a professor in the Creative Writing Program at Colorado State University.

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