Friday, February 26, 2016

Book Beginnings: One Thousand White Women

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

"As a child growing up in Chicago, I used to scare my kid brother, Jimmy, silly at night telling him stories about our mad ancestor, May Dodd, who lived in an insane asylum and ran off to live with Indians--at least that was the fertile, if somewhat vague, raw material of secret family legend."

As an adult, "Will," this "author," finds out the story about his ancestor is true and tracks down her journals from that time period, which make up the rest of this novel. This prefacing material helps to ground the story and give is context, but it also is likely the cause of all the readers who mistakenly believe this book is nonfiction. (Hence my use of quotes above.)


Elizabeth said...

I read this book eons ago and LOVED it.


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Unknown said...

I've wanted to read this for quite a while. Your post has made me want to dig it out. Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

I hope you can dig it out and enjoy it as much as I did.

Keep in touch and let me know.


Sandra Nachlinger said...

Sounds fascinating! Seems like lots of families have legends about weird ancestors. It would be fun to read a book where the main character actually tracks down the stories. I can see why people might believe this was a true story.
My Friday post features WATERCOLORS IN THE RAIN.

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

That's a terrific beginning! Full of possibilities!

Thanks for always taking part in BBOF!

guiltlessreader said...

What a gorgeous book ... and love love the sound of it!

Here's mine: http://guiltlessreading.blogspot.ca/2016/02/friday56-bookbeginnings-zero-k.html

Lauren Stoolfire said...

This was my local library's book club selection last month - lots of mixed reviews of I'm remembering right.

Happy reading!

Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).