The Vengeance of Mothers

The Vengeance of Mothers

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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 the Cheyennes 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.

Title:The Vengeance of Mothers
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250093424
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    The Vengeance of Mothers Reviews

  • Barbara

    3.5 starsThis book is the sequel to One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd, a fictional story set in the 1870s in which the U.S. government agrees to send a total of 1000 white women to in...

  • Erin

    *SPOILERS AHEAD and Major rant ahead* The long awaited sequel to "One Thousand White Women," Jim Fergus immediately picks up his latest book where the first one ended, so make sure you read it first. ...

  • Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    I truly liked this fictitious novel chronically done through jounel entries of the trials of white women who were pledged into the service of marrying Indians in order to pay their debt to society. Th...

  • TL

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in an exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).(A bunch of these I won decided to come in at the same time haha)----Cover of my ARC.. differe...

  • Anna

    Men may be the warriors but there is nothing so powerful as the vengeance of a mother who has lost her child to violence. Having survived the bloody Mackenzie massacre that killed so many, Meggie and ...

  • Sally Lindsay-briggs

    Prisoners, people from insane asylums and people of questionable character chose to participate in the brides program started by the U.S. government in the mid 1800's to "civilize" the Indians. These ...

  • Barbara

    For those who read “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus, you will be pleased with his follow-up novel, “The Vengeance Of Mothers”. Fergus’s attention to historical facts continues and br...

  • Aimee

    The Vengeance of Mothers was a disappointing read. The author’s previous novel, One Thousand White Women, is one of my favorite books and his current work is merely a poor and unoriginal duplication...

  • Kristina

    Having absolutely devoured “One Thousand White Women,” I was really anticipating a stellar sequel. Unfortunately this book was just “meh” for me. Mr. Fergus still gave me lots of strong female...

  • Sharon Huether

    I won this Free book from Goodreads First-Reads. Thank you Goodreads for sending me such an interesting book.In 1873 the US Government gathered up 1000 white women from jails, asylums, and brothels an...