A thousand moons : a novel

by Barry, Sebastian, 1955-

Format: Print Book 2020
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"A brave and moving novel [that] has a tender empathy with the natural world." --Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books

From the two-time Booker Prize finalist author, a dazzling new novel about memory and identity, set in Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War

Winona Cole, an orphaned child of the Lakota Indians, finds herself growing up in an unconventional household on a farm in west Tennessee. Raised by her adoptive parents John Cole and Thomas McNulty, whose story Barry told in his acclaimed previous novel Days Without End , she forges a life for herself beyond the violence and dispossession of her past.

Tennessee is a state still riven by the bitter legacy of the Civil War, and the fragile harmony of her family is soon threatened by a further traumatic event, one which Winona struggles to confront, let alone understand. Exquisitely written, A Thousand Moons is a stirring, poignant story of love and redemption, of one woman's journey and her determination to write her own future.
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Booklist Review: "Irish writer Barry continues the story begun in Days Without End (2017), revisiting Civil War vets Thomas McNulty and John Cole and their adopted Sioux daughter, Winona, a decade later. Winona, now 16, is happy with her found family, which includes her two romantically involved adopted fathers as well as Rosalee and Tennyson, formerly enslaved, now emancipated sister and brother. But she still dreams of her warrior mother, who was killed by white men along with the rest of Winona's family. When Jas Jonski, a local grocery store employee, starts courting Winona, she's cautiously charmed, but everything changes after she is raped during a trip into town. Winona can't remember who assaulted her, but she has a nagging suspicion it was Jas, who is unrelenting in his determination to marry her. After Tennyson is brutally attacked by a group of marauders, Winona decides she must take justice into her own hands and sets out to find the men who assaulted her friend. Narrated by Winona, this beautifully rendered historical bildungsroman is equal parts thrilling and meditative."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Barry's mournful sequel to Days Without End focuses on Winona Cole as she navigates the dangers of Reconstruction-era Tennessee and carries the memory of her dead Lakota family. Surrounded by ex-rebels too disgruntled by the Union victory and abolition to "breathe the air of peace," Winona has a hard time telling criminals from law enforcement in formerly-Confederate West Tennessee, as rebels regain the right to vote and black men freed from slavery find their newfound rights attacked. After Winona and former slave Tennyson Bouguereau are inexplicably beaten, she thinks back on her warrior mother and wonders what bravery and justice mean to an impoverished, Native woman that the local whites see as "closer to a wolf than a woman." As Winona rides out with the Freedmen militia to avenge the attacks, she narrowly cheats death, leading her to a spiritual experience that connects her with ancestors. In Winona, who sees both the beauty and the piercing loss of her world, Barry has created a vivid if didactic heroine ("Whitemen in the main just see slaves and Indians. They don't see the single souls"). This earnest tale will stay with readers. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Orphans -- Tennessee -- Fiction.
Lakota children -- Tennessee -- Fiction.
Lakota Indians -- Tennessee -- Fiction.
Tennessee -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher [New York, New York] :2020
Language English
Description 238 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780735223103
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