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"Laura Hicks renders this imaginative work splendidly. She is vivacious and expressive as May Dodd...Her vocal characterizations, especially of the various immigrant women Dodd encounters, are lively. A work this unusual needs a performance that is versatile and out of the ordinary, both of which have been achieved." - AudioFile on One Thousand White Women.

The stunning sequel to Jim Fergus' award-winning One Thousand White Women.

9 March 1876
My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our People has been destroyed, all our possessions burned, our friends butchered by the soldiers, our baby daughters gone, frozen to death on an ungodly trek across these rocky mountains. Empty of human feeling, half-dead ourselves, all that remains of us intact are hearts turned to stone. We curse the U.S. government, we curse the Army, we curse the savagery of mankind, white and Indian alike. We curse God in his heaven. Do not underestimate the power of a mother's vengeance....

So begins the journal of Margaret Kelly, a woman who participated in the government's "Brides for Indians" program in 1873, a program whose conceit was that the way to peace between the United States and the Cheyenne Nation was for one thousand white women to be given as brides in exchange for 300 horses. These "brides" were mostly fallen women; women in prison, prostitutes, the occasional adventurer, or those incarcerated in asylums. No one expected this program to work. The brides themselves thought it was simply a chance at freedom. But many of them fell in love with the Cheyenne's spouses and had children with them...and became Cheyenne themselves.

The Vengeance of Mothers is an audiobook that explores what happens to the bonds between wives and husbands, children and mothers, when society sees them as "unspeakable". What does it mean to be white, to be Cheyenne, and how far will these women go to avenge the ones they love? As he did in One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus brings to light a time and place in American history and fills it with unforgettable characters who live and breathe with a passion we can relate to even today.

©2017 Jim Fergus (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Narrator Laura Hicks] captures the compelling emotions of these desperate women as they escape their former lives of hardship and dare to dream of a freedom they haven't yet known." (Booklist)

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Love! Love! Looooove this book!

Such a wonderful sequel to the first. I can't wait to dive into the 3rd book.

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Good sequel

Good sequel to 1000 White Women. Both books are easy reads and were hard to put down.

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a good follow up but not enough

loves the first book and loved this one too however while the ending I could see ended where it did it left mr disappointed that that was it. i am assuming more to come.

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great sequel!!

a very good sequel to 1000 White Women!! in some ways it is even better than the first!! highly recommend!!

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Disappointed

Loved this book clear up to the ending. I was disappointed that it felt "unfinished".

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Excellent!

Equally heartbreaking and inspiring. The history has been very well researched by all accounts. And the fictional story compliments that history. Only issues were with the recording of the narration. There are obvious pauses where the narration had been halted and then picked up again. Minor flaw and doesn't really take away from any enjoyment of the block, just a bit distracting

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What a story!!

I couldn’t wait to listen to this audiobook! Much like the first book, One Thousand White Women, I was pulled in and took every opportunity to listen to this intriguing tale! I sure hope there’s another book in this series!
The narrator was the same as the first book, which really helps when some of the same characters are in the book! She was just as brilliant this time around!
I must warn that there is the same cussing and more vulgar sexual content.

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A truer history of the USA!

This is a story you may never forget and likely to be a history closer to the truth than anything you learned from a high school curriculum. If ever I am asked why I lack any hint of patriotism towards the country in which I live, I will simply recommend this book along with 1000 White Women by the same author. Jim Fergus writes with a refreshingly realistic view of the often white-washed history of the USA. This story captures a time that many Americans wish had ended differently than it did. I for one have always been one to wish for victory to go to the underdogs and I do so in this story too. To bad history is so sad in reality!

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