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One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
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One Thousand White Women

The Journals of May Dodd

$20.99 USD

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Narrator Laura Hicks
Length 14 hours 54 minutes
Language English
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One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the US government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial Brides for Indians program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man’s world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Author Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

Jim Fergus is an author whose first novel, One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd, won the 1999 Fiction of the Year Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association and has become a favorite selection of reading groups across the country. An international bestseller, One Thousand White Women was also on the French bestseller list for fifty-seven weeks and has sold well over 400,000 copies in that country. His articles, essays, interviews, and profiles have appeared in a wide variety of national magazines and newspapers.

Laura Hicks is an Obie Award–winning actress who has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theater, film, and television. A native New Yorker and a Juilliard graduate, she has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Austria, Italy, and Ireland.

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Reviews

“Jim Fergus knows his country in a way that’s evocative Dee Brown and all the other great writers of the American West and its native peoples. But One Thousand White Women is more than a chronicle of the Old West. It’s a superb tale of sorrow, suspense, exultation, and triumph that leaves the reader waiting to turn the page and wonderfully wrung out at the end.”

“A rich, imaginative harvest of historical detail.”

“Jim Fergus so skillfully envelopes us in the heart and mind and skin of his main character…that we weep when she mourns…and our hearts pound when she is in danger.”

“Fergus is gifted in his ability to portray the perceptions and emotions of women. He writes with tremendous insight and sensitivity…This book is artistically rendered with meticulous attention to details that bring to life the daily concerns of a group of hardly souls at a pivotal time in US history.”

“An impressive historical, terse, convincing, and affecting.”

“A most impressive novel that melds the physical world to the spiritual. One Thousand White Women is engaging, entertaining, well-written, and well-told. It will be widely read for a long time, as will the rest of Jim Fergus’s work.”

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