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Useful Girl

Stevens, Marcus

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ISBN 10: 1565123662 / ISBN 13: 9781565123663
Published by Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A., 2004
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Title: Useful Girl

Publisher: Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Out on the western plains, two paths cross: those of a young woman running away from home and a Cheyenne girl running for her life. They're both on a heroic quest, though more than a hundred years separate their journeys.

After her mother's sudden death, Erin Douglass is virtually alone in the world. When she witnesses the exhumation of a Cheyenne girl along the side of a dirt road, life in her Montana town indelibly changes. The girl's remains, gently wrapped in a faded army coat, with silver thimbles on her right hand, are more than a hundred years old. Though her father makes every attempt to keep the discovery quiet, Erin is haunted by questions: How did this young girl end up here, in the middle of nowhere, with no marker and all alone? Who was she?

Together with Charlie White Bird, a young member of her father's road crew from the nearby reservation, Erin is determined to protect her burial ground. She and Charlie meet in secret, knowing that their encounters could threaten their divided communities. But as their commitment to their cause becomes more passionate, so, too, does their relationship. When Erin is faced with a crisis she feels she must bear alone, she runs away. With her mother's old suitcase and her granddad's journals on the Indian wars, she sets out, and as she moves farther from home, the Cheyenne girl's story vividly unfolds in her mind, guiding her toward another way out of her predicament.

Sweeping and evocative, Useful Girl reminds us that the past, no matter how deeply buried, is never far from view. It is a testament to the power of the imagination and a novel of heartrending beauty.

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After her mother dies suddenly, seventeen-year-old Erin is virtually alone in the world. Her reserved father doesn't know how to relate to his only daughter now that his wife is gone. When Erin accompanies him to his construction site on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, she witnesses something that changes everything. Charlie White Bird, one of her father's workers, discovers the 127-year-old remains of a young Cheyenne girl, wrapped in a faded blue army coat; on each finger of her right hand is a silver thimble. Moehae, as Erin and Charlie come to name her, captures their imagination, and together they secretly try to protect her burial ground. As their commitment to their cause becomes more passionate, so, too, does their relationship, which they must also keep secret. When Erin discovers she's pregnant, she feels she has no other choice but to run away. With her mother's old suitcase and her granddad's journals on the Indian wars, she sets out, and as she moves farther from home, Moehae's story vividly unfolds in her mind, guiding her toward another way out of her predicament.

Evocative and sweeping in scope, Useful Girl is at once a love story, a young woman's heroic quest, and a moving testament to the power of the imagination.

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