The groups will be reading and discussing Follow the River by James Alexander Thom and Warrior Woman: The Exceptional Life Story of Nonhelema, Shawnee Indian Woman Chief, also by Thom and co-authored by his wife Dark Rain.
The discussion groups are being formed to take advantage of the Lunch With Books appearance by J.A. Thom and Dark Rain Thom scheduled for Thursday evening, June 5th at 6:30 pm at the library. Group members will have the rare opportunity to read and discuss these bestselling works of historical fiction and then to meet and perhaps ask a question of the authors.
The organizational meeting for both groups will be held on Tuesday May 6th, beginning at 6:30 pm at the library. Please call the library at 304-232-0244. Ask for the adult programming coordinator to register to join one or both of the groups. The discussion dates and times will be chosen and the books will be distributed at the organizational meeting.
FOLLOW THE RIVER: Mary Ingles was twenty-three, married, and pregnant, when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement, killed the men and women, then took her captive. For months, she lived with them, unbroken, until she escaped, and followed a thousand mile trail to freedom--an extraordinary story of a pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her people.
WARRIOR WOMAN: A bestselling master of historical fiction, James Alexander Thom has brought unforgettable Native American figures to life for millions of readers, powerfully dramatizing their fortitude, fearsomeness, and profound fates. Now he and his wife, Dark Rain, have created a magnificent portrait of an astonishing woman–one who led her people in war when she could not persuade them to make peace.Her name was Nonhelema. Literate, lovely, imposing at over six feet tall, she was the Women’s Peace Chief of the Shawnee Nation–and already a legend when the most decisive decade of her life began in 1774. That fall, with more than three thousand Virginians poised to march into the Shawnees’ home, Nonhelema’s plea for peace was denied. So she loyally became a fighter, riding into battle covered in war paint. When the Indians ran low on ammunition, Nonhelema’s role changed back to peacemaker, this time tragically.Negotiating an armistice with military leaders of the American Revolution like Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark, she found herself estranged from her own people–and betrayed by her white adversaries, who would murder her loved ones and eventually maim Nonhelema herself.Throughout her inspiring life, she had many deep and complex relationships, including with her daughter, Fani, who was an adopted white captive . . . a pious and judgmental missionary, Zeisberger . . . a series of passionate lovers . . . and, in a stunning creation of the Thoms, Justin Case–a cowardly soldier transformed by the courage he saw in the female Indian leader. Filled with the uncanny period detail and richly rendered drama that are Thom trademarks, Warrior Woman is a memorable novel of a remarkable person–one willing to fight to avoid war, by turns tough and tender, whose heart was too big for the world she wished to tame.