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One Thousand White Women [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Jim Fergus
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4 May 2007
An American Western with an unusual twist from the author of The Last Apache Girl

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 1 edition (4 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330445871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330445870
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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May Dodd, born to wealth in Chicago in 1850, left home in her teens and through a family disgrace is imprisoned in a monstrous lunatic asylum. In 1875 Little Wolf, chief of the Cheyenne nation, comes to Washington to seal a treaty with President Ulysses S. Grant and suggests that peace between Whites and Cheyenne could be established if the Cheyenne were given white women as wives, and that the tribe would agree to raise the children from such unions. Grant secretly recruits 1,000 women from jails, penitentiaries, debtors' prisons, and mental institutions offering full pardons or unconditional release. May, who jumps at the chance, embarks upon the adventure of her lifetime, along with a colourful assembly of pioneer women. She keeps the fictional journal we read, marries Little Wolf, lives in a crowded tipi with his two other wives and their children and lives the life of a Cheyenne squaw. '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

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Noteworthy praise for ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN
"Jim Fergus's ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN is a splendid, fresh, and engaging novel. If there were any would be a surefire bestseller. Strikingly original." --Jim Harrison (author of LEGENDS OF THE FALL)

"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 WINTER, THE BOOK OF YAAK, and THE SKY, THE STARS, THE WILDERNESS)

"Jim Fergus knows his country in a way that's evocative of 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 chronical of the Old West. It's a superb tale of sorrow, suspense, exultation, and triumph that leaves the reader waiting to turn the next page and then wonderfully wrung out at the end." --Winston Groom (author of FORREST GUMP)

"In a word, ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN is terrific! What Jim Fergus has done within these pages is give life and voice to an aspect of the American West and its native peoples that has been, if not covered up, too long overlooked. It is a tremendous achievement by a remarkable writer." --David Seybold (editor of BOATS and FATHERS AND SONS)

"Jim Fergus's powerful first novel is a surefire winner. I read it nonstop and would now like to propose a hundred-year moratorium on all books about white women in the Old West, since it will take the rest of us at least that long to amass the research--not to mention the compassion--needed to equal this fine work. A masterful job!" --Robert F. Jones (author of TIE MY BONES TO HER BACK)

"This is a rich, beautifully conceived, rollicking novel, literally bursting with original characters and with the profound joy and heartbreak of the real history of the American West. May Dodd may be the most compellingly alive fictional character of that history since Little Big Man." --Charles Gaines (author of A FAMILY PLACE, STAY HUNGRY, PUMPING IRON, AND SURVIVAL GAMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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One Thousand White Women was an incredible read. It took constant reminding that the book was fiction and not a documented event. May Dodd is sent to a mental institute by a husband who wants the convenience of being rid of her - not because of any mental problem. When the US makes a deal with the Indians to provide a thousand women as brides to help make the melding more effective, the mental hospitals and jails are first recruited. May is the luck one to become bride of the chief...what a clever way to show the humongous difference in culture. I loved this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book was recommended to me by my French mother in law - it doesn't have a full UK release, and after reading it, I can't believe why, as it is a brilliant, gripping piece of literature and, as other reviewers have said, it's hard to believe it's fiction. It is easy to believe that women who weren't mad could have been subjected to just such a fate, and you only have to scratch the surface of American history to find examples of how they were mistreated. It's a testament to the authour's skill that you connect so quickly with May Dodd, and you really care about her faith. An absolute "must read". I was very sad when I finished it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most impressive read, a work of pure genius. 28 Sep 1998
By A Customer
This book should make it to the best sellers list. So impressive that the author has to assure you in the beginning that it is a work of fiction. The way he weaves his plot into the real events of history is masterful. He creates a host of wonderful characters, especially the main character May Dodd herself. He has given me a new respect for the American Indian in their commitment to their families and tribes, yet has shown me why we indeed called them savages. He portrays the United States government in a way that you know he has not white-washed the truth. With the track record our government has had in the years since this was to have taken place, you wonder if events such as this one may have really happened.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly unrealistic yet entertaining novel. 29 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Unlike other readers, I found it quite easy to believe this novel was fiction. I am only thirteen years old, but even I was able to easily figure out that the United States Government would never trade white women to the Indians for horses, especially considering the attidues the U.S. Army and Government had toward the Native Americans in the 1870s, when this novel takes place. And while the heroine's actions would have been deemed punishable in 1870s upper class society, it seems hardly plausible that her family would have gone to the extents that they did. In fact, all plausibility went out the window within the first few pages of this book, leaving room for the author to conjure up a rollicking, if highly unrealistic, adventure with a likeable heroine, however unbelievable her plight. And the auther did manage to throw in some interesting details of 19th century Native American life on the Great Plains. Highly reccomend for those who like adventure stories and don't mind distortion of facts in their historical fiction. Those historical fiction fans out there who are sticklers for reality may want to skip this one, however.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is the only book that I have ever finished so that I can rant about it's worthlessness with justifiable ire. Never in my life have I read a piece of literature which is so appallingly clichéd, stereotypical and frankly impotent in conveying such an interesting story to it's audience. I bought this book due to my profound interest in the subject matter, I feel any literature which highlights the Native American cause is very important. I found the vivid description of Native American life very interesting and well done yet I found Jim Fergus' poor comprehension of his female characters inexcusable. From their personalities and background to their style of speaking, everything felt half baked and lazily researched. It is as though he found the perfect subject but just simply did not know how to construct his novel. Perhaps Mr Fergus may have been aiming for a historical style of speech, nevertheless I doubt that any woman who has lived used "my dear" to describe her friends as much as May Dodd in this book, when coupled with the descriptions of menstruation, which read as though he has never spoken to a woman on this subject before, I found that the loss of believability limited any empathy I might have felt for this character.

On top of that I found his stereotypical portrayal of the women chosen for the mission unforgivable. It read more like a child's atlas of the world than a realistic impression of the kind of woman who might have been attracted to this scheme.I felt a supreme sense of embarrassment washing over me as I read this mingled with fear that American readers will believe that German, English and Ashanti people are really like portrayed here.
The original plot for this book could have been a masterpiece, unfortunately and to my mind unforgivably, in Mr Fergus' work it is rendered with such indelicacy that I hope never to read a book of this kind again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully writen 3 Dec 1998
By A Customer
I lent this book to all my friends. I chose this book because of the title and the first sentence of the jacket, and Fergus did not disappoint. How skilled he is to create this compelling story of a woman using every means possible to reclaim her life. I read this book in June; it is now December and I continue to be moved by his touching and historically accurate novel. I would be surprised if someone in Hollywood has not already bought the rights to produce a film version. Let's hope that if there's a screenplay in the works, Jim Fergus is the one writing it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very pleased thank you
Published 1 month ago by Woollyjump
4.0 out of 5 stars who like myself enjoy a bit of American Native Indian history
Alright for those, who like myself enjoy a bit of American Native Indian history. the story is based on a diary of a white woman's experience living with an indian tribe.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs D K Whinney
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent
Previosly reviewed but have loaned it to friends who all bought copies, an excellent book
Published 2 months ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! Highly recommend!
I absolutely loved this book. I read it myself and then bought another for my friend for Christmas. You really get engrossed in the stories about these women and it really gives a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by orange_bubble
3.0 out of 5 stars Can a man write as a woman?
I found May a smug person. Why did she always 'get the main man'?

The story line was an interesting twist on some fact, but the real interest for me lay in the author's... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. M. G. Clarke
2.0 out of 5 stars Farsical
I thought that this was based on a true story so I felt cheated when I found out at the end that it was completely made up by the author! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sarah Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I am in the middle of reading this book and am enjoying it very much, to think this is based on a true story makes it even more exciting, Enjoying a read and having a history... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Marine
5.0 out of 5 stars good books and service excellent
Good service and good books 'Wild girl' is the same as 'The last Apache' and so I have returned it to you
Published 19 months ago by Derek bradford
4.0 out of 5 stars Great wee story but brutal
What a story! This book made me laugh, cry and get pretty mad at times! It has all the ingredients for an awesome read.
Published 20 months ago by Carrie-Anne Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended!
I chose that book as i thought the subject was original and was keen to learn about that era and red indians life. Very disappointed i was! Read more
Published 22 months ago by veronique stapenell
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