One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series #1) (Paperback)
This will make you smile, cry, angry, sad and believe. But it is fiction. In the pioneer days of this country, there were "Indian troubles". In an effort to mitigate the tensions, President Theodore Roosevelt and the Native leaders made a deal to trade 1000 "white" women for 1000 horses -- such a deal, eh? This is the account of the first women to volunteer for the swap, women who had no better options in life, whores, mad women, spinsters and adventurers. Many book clubs have discussed this novel in the past 20 years and we look forward to a sequel The Vengeance of Mothers due September 12th.— marla
Based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, this is the story of May Dodd—a remarkable woman who, in 1875, travels through the American West to marry the chief of the Cheyenne Nation.
One Thousand White Women begins with May Dodd’s journey into an unknown world. Having been committed to an insane asylum by her blue-blood family for the crime of loving a man beneath her station, May finds that her only hope for freedom and redemption is to participate in a secret government program whereby women from “civilized” society become the brides of Cheyenne warriors. What follows is a series of breathtaking adventures—May’s brief, passionate romance with the gallant young army captain John Bourke; her marriage to the great chief Little Wolf; and her conflict of being caught between loving two men and living two completely different lives.
“Fergus portrays the perceptions and emotions of women…with tremendous insight and sensitivity.”—Booklist
“A superb tale of sorrow, suspense, exultation, and triumph.” —Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
“Impressive…convincing…affecting.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Jim Fergus is the author of One Thousand White Women, The Sporting Road, A Hunter’s Road and Wild Girl. His articles and essays have appeared in a wide variety of national magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek, Newsday, The Paris Review, Esquire, Sports Afield, and Field & Stream. Fergus was born in Chicago and attended Colorado College. He worked as a teaching tennis professional before becoming a full-time freelance writer. He lives in southern Arizona.
Praise for One Thousand White Women
“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.” —Rick Bass, author of Where the Sea Used to Be
“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.” —Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
“The best writing transports readers to another time and place, so that when they reluctantly close the book, they are astonished to find themselves returned to their everyday lives. One Thousand White Women is such a book. Jim Fergus so skillfully envelops us in the heart and mind of his main character, May Dodd, that we weep when she mourns, we shake our fist at anyone who tries to sway her course, and our hearts pound when she is in danger.” —Colorado Springs Gazette
“An impressive historical...terse, convincing, and affecting.” —Kirkus Reviews