The Red Heart by JAMES ALEXANDER Thom

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The Slocum family of Northeastern Pennsylvania are the best of the white settlers, peace-loving Quakers who believe that the Indians hold the Light of God inside. It is from this good-hearted family that Frances is abducted during the Revolutionary war.

As the child's terror subsides, she is slowly drawn into the sacred work and beliefs of her adoptive mother and of all the women of these Eastern tribes. Frances becomes Maconakwa, the Little Bear Woman of the Miami Indians. Then, long after the Indians are beaten and their last hope, Tecumseh, is killed, the Slocums hear word of their long-lost daughter and head out to Indiana to meet their beloved Frances. But for Maconakwa, it is a moment of truth, the test of whether her heart is truly a red one.


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About JAMES ALEXANDER Thom

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James Alexander Thom was formerly a U.S. Marine, a newspaper and magazine editor, and a member of the faculty at the Indiana University Journalism School. He is the acclaimed author of "Follow the River"; "Long Knife"; "From Sea to Shining Sea"; "Panther in the Sky," for which he won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historical novel; "The Children of First Man"; "The Red Heart"; and "Sign-Talker," He lives in the Indiana hill country near Bloomington with his wife, Dark Rain, of the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band. Dark Rain is a member of the National Council, which is planning the Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published August 18, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 542 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Having already produced one novel about a white woman captured by the Shawnee, popular historical novelist Thom (Follow the River) uses an actual captivity narrative as the inspiration for an ambitiou

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Having already produced one novel about a white woman captured by the Shawnee, popular historical novelist Thom (Follow the River) uses an actual captivity narrative as the inspiration for an ambitious, epic novel based on the well-known true-life story of Frances Slocum.

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