The Long Way Home (Real People)

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"No one weaves a tribal story quite like Robert Conley. Conley's books are entertaining, colorful, and chock-full of tribal history and culture."--Wilma P. Mankiller, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

Few writers portray Native American life and history as richly, authentically, and insightfully as Robert J. Conley, an important voice of the Cherokee past. The novels in his Real People series combine powerful characters, gripping plots, and vivid descriptions of tradition and mythology to preserve Cherokee culture and history.

The Long Way Home, Volume Five in the Real People series, is Deadwood Lighter's story. An aging priest forced to serve as interpreter for the powerful conquistador Don Hernando De Soto, Deadwood Lighter attempts to escape and warn the Real People of Soto's coming.

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Robert J. Conley, a three-time winner of the Spur award, is the author of The Witch of Goingsnake and Other Stories and Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears, both published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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Conley continues the saga of his own Cherokee people (The Way South, etc.) in this stirring tale of invasion and evil that centers around the memories of an aged 16th-century Cherokee priest. Captured by Indians far to the west of Cherokee country, the priest, Deadwood Lighter, is made a slave and eventually sold to a Spaniard who takes him to Havana. There, his new master joins Hernando de Soto's famous expedition through Florida and what is now the southeastern U.S. The Cherokee finds much to be astonished and appalled at in the habits of these strange men from across the water. How can they be so casually cruel to the indigenous peoples they encounter, for instance, and at the same time profess to be highly religious? As de Soto's forces near Cherokee territory, Deadwood Lighter escapes and makes his way home-only to find a society profoundly changed since his departure many years before. Conley, a two-time Spur winner, tells his story, the fifth in his Real People series, forcefully and makes intelligent use of Cherokee history and myth.
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