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Tie My Bones to Her Back

Jones, Robert F.

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ISBN 10: 0374277591 / ISBN 13: 9780374277598
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Tie My Bones to Her Back

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

Book Type: Book

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In 1873, Jenny Dousmann heads west to build a new life for herself and her older brother, Otto, only to be savagely raped while her brother is crippled during a blizzard, but, with the help of Two Shields, a half-Cheyenne, they find refuge for themselves among the Cheyenne.


Set in the real wild west of 19th-century buffalo hunters, this is a starkly realistic novel of survival among whites scrabbling to make a living from selling hides and the grim, violent struggle between those whites and the native Indian bands. Otto Dousmann is a Civil War veteran turned hunter, joined by his sister Jenny when their parents die. But things go badly for them; Jenny is raped, Otto crippled. They take refuge with a band of Cheyenne under the care of Two Shields, an Indian buffalo skinner. Jones makes a clear contrast between Indian and white treatment of the buffalo (the whites compare badly in their wanton wasteful greed), but does not romanticize the lives of any of his characters.

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