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Book Review: One Thousand White Women

I chose to read the book One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, because it was recommended by a friend. I haven’t yet finished the book but from what I have read so far, I love it. I fully record this book to all readers. Based on historical events, One Thousand White Women tells the narrative of May Dodd’s journey west. May’s blood family commits her to a mental facility for having an affair with a man of lower rank, and her only way out is to participate in a secret government program in which ladies from “civilized” society marry Cheyenne warriors. Despite the fact that she is married to Little Wolf, a powerful leader, she falls in love with John Bourke, a daring young army captain, quite soon. Dodd is torn between two worlds and two men, forcing her to make difficult decisions that will affect her life for the rest of her life. “As I squat to pee I look upward at the billions of stars and planets in the heavens and somehow my own insignificance no longer terrifies me as it once did, but comforts me, makes me feel a part, however tiny, of the whole complete and perfect universe. . . and when I die the wind will still blow and the stars still shine, for the place I occupy on earth is no more permanent than the water I now make, absorbed by the the sandy soil, dried instantly by the constant prairie wind.”

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