The Vengeance of Mothers

The Vengeance of Mothers

The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill : [a Novel]

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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. 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 three hundred horses. Mostly fallen women, the brides themselves thought it was simply a chance at freedom. But many fell in love with the Cheyenne spouses and had children with them . . . and became Cheyenne themselves. THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS explores what happens to the bonds between wives and husbands, children and mothers, when society sees them as "unspeakable." Jim Fergus brings to light a time and place and fills it with unforgettable characters who live and breathe with a passion we can relate to even today.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250093424
1250093422
Branch Call Number: Fiction Fer
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm

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ArapahoeLesley Dec 10, 2017

I did love One Thousand White Women a decade ago when I read it and was surprised to see this sequel pop up. A bit cheesy and girly with wild speculation, this book is about a bit of historical fiction fun and I enjoyed it. It seemed to end abruptly though like it was missing a chapter to round out the beginning.

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Dec 10, 2017

Epic historical fiction saga. The book tells the story of a small group of women who participate in a Brides for Indians program. They travel thru the Great Plains with a Cheyenne tribe and ultimately fight with them against the army at the Battle of Rosebud Creek. Filled with descriptive detail of the daily lives of the women and how they assimilate among the Indians. This is a sequel to the book One Thousand White Women, which I will now have to read. But I suggest future readers read them in order as this book tells the fate of characters from the first book. I loved every page of this book until the last page. The story ends abruptly and is open to your own interpretation. Some indicate this may mean a third book is forthcoming. Let's hope so. This book combines 3 of my favorite genres - historical fiction, outdoor adventure, and survivor stories, and would have been a 5 star read had it not been for the ending.

jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

The prequel to the very popular One Thousand White Women. So interesting!

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jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

The prequel to the very popular One Thousand White Women. So interesting!

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