One Thousand White Women: by Jim Fergus
One Thousand White Women begins with May Dodd’s journey west into the unknown. A government program, in which women are brought west as brides for the Cheyenne, is her vehicle. What follows is the story of May’s adventures: her marriage to Little Wolf, chief of the Cheyenne nation, and her conflict of being caught between two worlds, loving two men, living two lives. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.
I loved this book. The author claims it is entirely fiction, but I’m a bit of a conspiracy theorist so I believe it all could have happened. The story is told from the perspective of May Dodd who was committed to an insane asylum by her family for falling in love with a man “beneath her station”. Her only means of escape from the institution is to volunteer for a secret government program in which caucasian women are to be married to Cheyenne Indians. Government secrets, forbidden love, redemption, & second chances – good stuff.
It was a compelling story and I really felt the author portrayed the woman’s perspective so accutely I had to check to make sure he was male.
Give this book a try and let me know what you think.