The Vengeance of Mothers (One Thousand White Women: Book 2) by Jim Fergus

The Vengeance of Mothers: The Journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill: A Novel (One Thousand White Women Series Book 2) by [Fergus, Jim]

Title: The Vengeance of Mothers

Author: Jim Fergus

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of publication: September 12th, 2017

Genre: General Fiction, Historical Fiction

Number of pages: 352

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: One Thousand White Women

One Thousand White Women – Book 1

The Vengeance of Mothers – Book 2

Where you can find The Vengeance of Mothers: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

The stunning sequel to the awarding winning novel One Thousand White Women

9 March 1876
My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our People has been destroyed, all our possessions burned, our friends butchered by the soldiers, our baby daughters gone, frozen to death on an ungodly trek across these rocky mountains. Empty of human feeling, half-dead ourselves, all that remains of us intact are hearts turned to stone. We curse the U.S. government, we curse the Army, we curse the savagery of mankind, white and Indian alike. We curse God in his heaven. Do not underestimate the power of a mother’s vengeance…

So begins the journal of Margaret Kelly, a woman who participated in the government’s “Brides for Indians” program in 1873, a program whose conceit was that the way to peace between the United States and the Cheyenne Nation was for One Thousand White Women to be given as brides in exchange for three hundred horses. These “brides” were mostly fallen women; women in prison, prostitutes, the occasional adventurer, or those incarcerated in asylums. No one expected this program to work. The brides themselves thought it was simply a chance at freedom. But many of them fell in love with Cheyenne’s spouses and had children with them…and became Cheyenne themselves. 

THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS is a novel that explores what happens to the bonds between wives and husbands, children and mothers when society sees them as “unspeakable.” What does it mean to be white, to be Cheyenne, and how far will these women go to avenge the ones they love? As he did in ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN, Jim Fergus brings to light a time and place in American history and fills it with unforgettable characters who live and breathe with a passion we can relate to even today.

Trigger Warning: None

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