Great new review of Blood Moon: A Captive’s Tale. Read on below.
Chatlien, Ruth. Blood Moon: A Captive’s Tale. Amika, Northfield Illinois, 2017. F;6/17.
This is a lovely thing. It’s in the Endurance and Violence genre but it’s about good feminism. My idea of it, anyway. The main character is a strong truth-seeking self-critical woman, temperamental, maker of mistakes, but true to herself and a mother-bear when her children need her. There is no feminism as it’s usually served up or fawning false apology for Europeans overrunning indigenous people. This author had something much bigger in mind.
The scene is mid-19th century Minnesota. White settlers are gathered in small administrative villages apparently as overseers of Sioux and other Indian tribes. Sarah (who existed and wrote a memoir on which the book is based) with a toddler girl and five-year-old boy is married to the local doctor John Wakefield. They live in a comfortable house that they have decorated, she is kind and…
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