Bohemian Girl by Terese Svoboda
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Young Harriet s father sells her as a slave to settle his gambling debt with an eccentric Indian and her story is just beginning. Part Huck Finn, part True Grit, Harriet s story of her encounter with the dark and brutal history of the American West is a true original. When she escapes the strange mound-building obsession of her Pawnee captor, Harriet sets off on a trek to find her father, only to meet with ever-stranger characters and situations along the way. She befriends a Jewish prairie peddler, escapes with a chanteuse, is imprisoned in a stockade and rescued by a Civil War balloonist, and becomes an accidental shopkeeper and the surrogate mother to an abandoned child, while abetting the escape of runaway slaves.
A picaresque in the American vein, Terese Svoboda s new novel is the Bohemian answer to Willa Cather s iconic My Ántonia. Lifting the shadows off an entire era of American history in one brave girl s quest to discover who she is, Bohemian Girl gives full play to Svoboda s prodigious talents for finding the dark and the strange in the sunny American story and the beauty and the hope in its darkest moments.

About Terese Svoboda

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A native of Nebraska, Terese Svoboda lived for a year in Sudan, making documentary films and translating. She now divides her time between New York and Hawaii.
Published September 1, 2011 by Bison Books. 193 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tied to a tree and temporarily saved from being burned alive when her dancing brings rain, Harriet manages to slip her bonds and limps off (she’s been hobbled to prevent flight) to find her Pa.

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At the onset of the Civil War, in "the Christian Year of Our Lord 1861," a 12-year-old girl meets a bitter fate when her father loans her to an elderly Pawnee Indian to settle a debt.

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In one of the best scenes in the book, Sharon asks Harriet to let the boy know one day that she is famous.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

The Bohemian girl finds a small-town shopkeeper dead after a gun battle.

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Historical Novel Society

Strange tales follow of a large balloon falling out of a sky and being rescued by its owner, being locked in a stockade by a weird lieutenant, and others, “each one…carrying hope on the tails of violence, Mr. Lincoln’s war or the Indians’.” She will again meet the Indian who once owned her for a ...

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Author of several volumes of poetry, fiction, and a nonfiction book, Svoboda offers a spare beauty through the language she uses to describe a life often devoid of anything beautiful: “So nobody’s watching me close, what with the new shop and a war still raging, blue against grey, a regular bruis...

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