Miss Morissa by Mari Sandoz
Doctor of the Gold Trail

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

This could be classified as a super-Western in the Shane tradition -- complete with all the gun-toting, cattle rustling, fightin' and feudin 'between the homesteaders and the cattle kings of the traditional, plus the authenticity possible only when there is first hand, intimate knowledge of facts and terrain.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Miss Morissa is a dramatic, moving novel of a young pioneering woman doctor on the brawling Nebraska frontier of the 1870s. Fleeing the East and a heartbreaking past, Morissa Kirk finds the North Platte River Valley rife with rumors of gold strikes. Fortune hunters, desperadoes, horse thieves, murderers make up the frontier society, while Indians roam the plains refusing to surrender their land to the gold-hungry white men. Near lawless Clarke Bridge she sets up her practice, treating white and Indian alike, receiving horses (if anything) in return for her services. Then, even as fame spreads of her skill, and acceptance slowly grows, Morissa becomes embroiled in the life-and-death struggle between the cattlemen and the homesteaders, a struggle as destructive as it was inevitable. In the telling of Morissa's story, Mari Sandoz has caught the whole turmoil of the changing frontier in the days of Custer, Calamity Jane, and Buffalo Bill Cody.
 

About Mari Sandoz

See more books from this Author
Mari Sandoz (1896-1966) is the noted author of "Cheyenne Autumn," "Old Jules," and "The Battle of the Little Bighorn," all available in Bison Books editions. Michael Punke is the author of several books, including "Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West" and "Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917,
 
Published March 1, 1980 by University of Nebraska Press. 249 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Miss Morissa
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on Dec 30 2017

This could be classified as a super-Western in the Shane tradition -- complete with all the gun-toting, cattle rustling, fightin' and feudin 'between the homesteaders and the cattle kings of the traditional, plus the authenticity possible only when there is first hand, intimate knowledge of facts and terrain.

Read Full Review of Miss Morissa: Doctor of the G... | See more reviews from Kirkus

Rate this book!

Add Review
×