R. Garcia y Robertson applies his considerable talents in historical research and writerly depiction to an epic of American history, the legendary Battle of the Little Big Horn and Custer's last stand--and turns the legends upside down. First, he tells the tale entirely from the Indian side, and secondly, he tells it through the eyes of a blonde white woman from Pennsylvania married to an Indian brave: American Woman. With extraordinary wit and imagination, this book is a literary grenade of the quality of Thomas Berger's Little Big Man. American Woman is a fine, uproarious, and moving novel.
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R. Garcia y Robertson taught at UCLA and Villanova before turning to writing. He lives in Mt. Vernon, Washington.
YA-A historical novel that's rich in details and description of the West in the years leading up to the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. Sarah Kilory, a young Quaker, journeys to the Indian Territory from her Pennsylvania home to teach "the Christian way." She falls in love with an Oglala Sioux and becomes his second wife, American Woman, living more freely than she would in strict white society. When she is separated from her husband, she travels between the Indian and white worlds, meeting General Custer and his wife at Fort Lincoln. She tries to intervene on behalf of the Indians but is told by a young officer that the only way to deal with the Indians is with a gun. To earn the money she needs to travel back to Yellow Legs, she seeks employment as an interpreter, but the only job she is offered is in a brothel. That reinforces her firm belief in the hypocrisy of the white "civilization" of the West, where many women who are alone are forced to become prostitutes in order to survive. Sarah's sharp observations and sense of irony paint a moving and multifaceted portrayal of a rapidly changing world in which the Native American way of life is coming to an end because of war and starvation. Sarah's unique perspective, voice, and sense of humor will ring true for today's young adults. Superb storytelling interwoven with accurate information about the times.
Susanne Bardelson, Wheat Ridge Public Library, Jefferson County, CO
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Book Description Forge Books, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312876297