The lost wife : a novel

by Moore, Susanna,

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From one of our most compelling and sensual writers comes a searing, immersive novel about a seminal and shameful moment in America's conquest of the West. Drawing partly from a true story, it brings to life a devastating Native American revolt and the woman caught in the middle of the conflict.

In the summer of 1855, Sarah Brinton abandons her husband and child to make the long and difficult journey from Rhode Island to Minnesota Territory, where she plans to reunite with a childhood friend. When she arrives at a small frontier post on the edge of the prairie without family or friends and with no prospect of work or money, she quickly remarries and has two children. Anticipating unease and hardship at the Indian Agency, where her husband Dr. John Brinton is the new resident physician, Sarah instead finds acceptance and kinship among the Sioux women at a nearby reservation.

The Sioux tribes, however, are wary of the white settlers and resent the rampant theft of their land. Promised payments by the federal government are never made, and starvation and disease soon begin to decimate their community. Tragically and inevitably, this leads to the Sioux Uprising of 1862. During the conflict, Sarah and her children are abducted by the Sioux, who protect her, but because she sympathizes with her captors, Sarah becomes an outcast to the white settlers. In the end, she is lost to both worlds.

Intimate and raw, The Lost Wife is a brilliantly subversive tale of the conquest of the American West.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Moore (In the Cut) returns with a bracing and daring account of a woman who tries to build a new life on the American frontier. In 1855 Rhode Island, narrator Sarah flees her abusive husband for the Minnesota Territory, where she hopes to join her friend Maddie. After reaching the Erie Canal port in Albany and nearly out of money, she boards a freighter and arrives dirty and hungry in Shakopee, where she learns Maddie has died. After wondering how she'll survive in the remote trading post, she sets her sights on a hard-drinking doctor named Brinton, who is "a bit conceited" and lacks imagination but is fair-minded and relatively gentlemanly. They marry and Brinton gets a job at the Mankato Indian Agency, where Brinton learns new treatments from the Santee people on the nearby reservation and saves many of their lives. In 1862, the Agency refuses to pay the Santee annuities after swindling them out of their land, and a Mdewakanton chief mounts an uprising. Sarah is captured along with her two children. Amid horrors and depravity at the Mdewakanton camp, where trust between the white people and the Mdewakanton quickly erodes, Sarah must make difficult decisions for her survival. Despite the economy of Sarah's urgent narration, which reads like hurried diary entries, Moore finds room for many striking observations, such as the surreal nature of a massacre: "It all seemed very reasonable and orderly, the way events in dreams make sense." This is a masterwork of Americana. Agent: Emma Paterson, Aitken Alexander Associates. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Novels.
Publisher New York :Alfred A. Knopf,2023
Edition First Edition.
Language English
Description pages cm
ISBN 9780385351430
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