Title: The Red Heart
Publisher: Ballantine Books, NY
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
Book Type: Modern Literature
Presentation inscription from the author on FFEP, "TO JOHN DICKEY - KEEP THE FIRE BRIGHT" J. A. THOM Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 008718
Synopsis: In his most beloved, bestselling book, Follow the River, James Alexander Thom wrote the captivating story of a woman kidnapped by the Shawnee who struggled to return to her family. Now, in The Red Heart, Thom once again brings to vivid life the true story of a woman and her captivity with the Lenape Indians.
The Slocums of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, are the best of the white settlers, peace-loving Quakers who are unique for their time in believing that the Indians hold the Light of God inside. It is from this peaceful world that Frances is abducted.
Soon she is immersed in the sacred work and beliefs of her adoptive mother and of all the women of these Eastern tribes. It is the women's responsibility to teach the children and speak in Council, to plant and harvest life-giving crops, to heal the sick and midwife new lives, to celebrate with the men in the yearly Thanksgiving ceremonies with dancing and drums. Frances becomes Maconakwa, the Little Bear Woman of the Miami Indians, and a woman who keeps the good of her people at the center of her heart.
Long after the Indians are beaten, and their last hope, Tecumseh, is killed, the Slocums hear word of their long lost daughter. The family's grown rich by destroying the land to mine anthracite coal,and they head out to the Ohio territory to meet their beloved Frances. But for Maconakwa, it is a moment of truth, the test of whether she truly has a red heart. . . .
Rich in historical detail, alive with Indian life and a time gone forever, The Red Heart is the kind of magnificent novel of American life that only Jim Thom can write.
From the Inside Flap:
The Slocum family of Northeastern Pennsylvania are the best of the white settlers, peace-loving Quakers who believe that the Indians hold the Light of God inside. It is from this good-hearted family that Frances is abducted during the Revolutionary war.
As the child's terror subsides, she is slowly drawn into the sacred work and beliefs of her adoptive mother and of all the women of these Eastern tribes. Frances becomes Maconakwa, the Little Bear Woman of the Miami Indians. Then, long after the Indians are beaten and their last hope, Tecumseh, is killed, the Slocums hear word of their long-lost daughter and head out to Indiana to meet their beloved Frances. But for Maconakwa, it is a moment of truth, the test of whether her heart is truly a red one.
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