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 lifetimes.
Author Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.
©1998 Jim Fergus; (P)2006 BBC Audiobooks America
"Fergus lets his imagination go wild and creates a journal of one of his ancestors who became one of those brides in 1875. Laura Hicks renders this imaginative work splendidly. She is vivacious and expressive as May Dodd." (Audiofile)
Historical. Fascinating. Captivating.
Both made the story come alive.
The train ride to the west.
I would recommend this book.
Writer, retired now 11 years and living at the beach, writing, golfing, enjoying my "second act."
After a few chapters, or, once the characters all get together and embark on their journey, this reads more like history than fiction. Never heard of this author before, but he tells a spell binding (fictionalized) account of white women who in 1875 volunteer to travel into the wild west to intermarry with native Americans/Indians, at the direction of Pres Ulysses S. Grant. Had me in tears at the end, such is the author's power to draw me in.
Page-turner, humorous, sad
Totally opposite of what I expected after reading "Empire of the Summer Moon"
When the squaws made their own sauna lodge.
A second chance for Mae Dodd
Yes. I really like the imagery and the story.
The fact that I could identify with a woman from so long ago.
I tend to skip ahead when I am reading a book but the way it was read was very entertaining and kept me engaged.
Living abroad in Costa Rica, am a frequent traveler with interests in humanities, adventure and technology
Explained a great deal of the culture of the Cheyenne and 19th century America
Love W.E.B. Griffin! Love the Wicked series. Love historical "sagas" and descriptive word pictures that put me in the time and place. Love listening on my long commute every day. Audible has made commuting tolerable!
Ultimately the story only reinforced cliches and negatives. Author also resorted to an excess of descriptions of sexual violence that didn't really add to the story.
It was disappointing.
One of the first audible books I read, and I loved it. Very interesting story and the narrator was great. Couldn't wait to read daily.
Long Tall Sally
Pure amazement! While I was a poor student in History classes, I have found that I actually love it. This book book has really opened my eyes to another side, not shared in school, of the plight of Native Americans in their precarious transformation from 'savage' to incarceration and the development of reservations.
Many moments of the awakening of the women to the basics of love and survival.
I loved the scene where the American women came in contact, for the first time, with their future husbands and how their lives transformed from the idiosyncrasies of the 'great American life, to participating in a life where she must survive and participate in some very grass root traditional, basic skills in a 'savage' lifestyle.
I listen as I travel. I found myself taking assignments way out of my territory so that I could listen for longer periods of time or sitting in my garage for extended periods of time after I had returned home just to 'finish a chapter'. Note: I rarely stopped listening when that chapter ended. I listen as I hike. My hiking increased from 10 miles per week to 25. I just hate for this book to end!
You won't be sorry that you read/listened to this book!
Educational and want to find how how the story ended.
Kept my interest regarding individual life
No I have not
I would have liked to hear from the Indians. The story teller reacted in an ordinary way. I wanted to know what the Indians were thinking to make such a proposal. The author introduced their idea but did not develop it.
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