One Thousand White Women and not a refashion in sight

I’m in awe of those people who paint with words.

After reading the last page of One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, it was hard for me to snap back to reality. I just stared out my rain soaked windows, still walking the fine line between two worlds. My safe, warm, little comfy living room and May Dodd’s world with the Cheyenne tribe in 1875.

You are warned in the first sentence of the Author’s Note, the book is entirely a work of fiction. However, it is based on what might have happened if the US government had honored a Northern Cheyenne chief’s request in 1854 for a gift of one thousand white women as brides for his young warriors to help with the assimilation into the white man’s world.

I picked this book up on a whim and was immediately caught up in the story. Only stopping to load some more wood in the fireplace or to refresh my diet Dr. Pepper. Needless to say, there was no refashioning going on around here today until the book was finished.

Perhaps tomorrow…..

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20 Responses to One Thousand White Women and not a refashion in sight

  1. A Novel Place says:

    I will have to read the novel, it sounds amazing! Plus I’m a sucker for covers, and this one is just so magical and poetic — it’s literally calling to me. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’d love to know what you think of the book. If you like this sort of book, you’d most likely enjoy, Follow the River. Now there’s one you are compelled to read til the end. You won’t be able to do anything else.

      • raycheryl says:

        Beth , I Loved Follow the River too … It was a great book ! I will have to check out One Thousand White Women … Have you read Lauraine Snellings book series ?? I enjoyed them as well . They had them here in our Library ..

  2. Marty Frasier says:

    I read this last month. I highly recommend it! Seems we share a taste in literature:)

  3. Missi Smith says:

    I am such an avid reader. Can’t wait to check this out. I am reading The Language of Flowers right now by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It is really good. I picked it for our neighborhood bookclub – it is my month! Missi

  4. Molly says:

    We read 1000 White Women last year in my book group and it led to a great discussion!

  5. prttynpnk says:

    I really enjoyed this book too. I realy felt emersed in the times. I’m glad you profiled this- I need to recommend it to more people.

  6. Cara Olsen says:

    Interesting . . . I know nothing of the back-story, but I’ll see if I can have it put on hold for me at the library! Thanks for the rec, Beth!

  7. Wow, what a thought? As someone partially descended from a European-Native American background, it sounds particularly interesting.

    • Although you wouldn’t know it from my blonde hair, I’ve got Native American genes from many generations ago myself. I’m actually a direct descendant of Pocahontas and my great grandparents were kind enough to have a family tree made tracing my relatives back to her. Although it was 15 generations ago, it’s still fun to think of having that connection.

  8. ReStitch Me says:

    I’ve been wanting to read a good book—so, perfect timing! I will look for this at the library.

  9. I need a good book to read while I sit by the pool… That is if I ever sit down long enough to do so.


  10. jill says:

    read it! loved it! The Language of Flowers is great too! Also, Exit the Actress!

    • Hi Jill,
      I’ve been hearing a lot about The Language of Flowers lately. I think it’s a “must read”. I’ll check into Exit the Actress, too. Thanks for the recommendations!

  11. Thanks for the recommendation! I will have to check it out.

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