The Removes

The Removes

Large Print - 2018
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As the first wave of pioneers travel westward to settle the American frontier, two women discover their inner strength when their lives are irrevocably changed by hardship. With taut, suspenseful writing, Tatjana Soli tells the intertwining stories of Libbie Custer, wife of the Civil War hero; and Anne Cummins, a teenager taken captive by the Cheyenne. Both will grow into women unwilling to be restrained by the strictures of 19th-century society.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432854645
Branch Call Number: LT FIC Soli T
Characteristics: 613 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Mar 08, 2019

I couldn't. I'm sorry. While I absolutely loved the premise and the time., The flow of this book is just so terrible that I could not finish the entire thing. The sections of Anna and Libbie were fantastic, but when the author put in Custer, it slowed everything down and jumbled everything up to the point where I just had to force my way through each of his parts, which were a lot more then the women. If the author would have just stuck to alternating between the two women, this would have been a fabulous book, but that is not the case. Oh well. I tried!

Jan 17, 2019

The foregoing NY Times Review of CRASHED is in the wrong place.

inthestacks Aug 15, 2018

A powerful and yet nuanced tale of Custer’s war against the Indians as an agent of America’s westward expansionist campaign to dominate the Continent. The battles are there, but so is Custer’s wife, Libbie, who, having led a sheltered life, must adapt to Custer’s adventurous ways and the realities of life on the campaign. Interspersed is the story of Anne, who after six years as a Cheyenne captive, is rescued by Custer’s troops, though her two ‘half-breed’ children are not. She is neither a part of the white world she returns to nor the Indian life she left. An immensely absorbing tale.

Jun 12, 2018

There were aspects of this book I really appreciated. Those include the unvarnished views we got of life in the Wild West for Custer the army general, for his wife Libby and for the Indian captive (Anne). It was fascinating to watch the trajectory of Custer's life from Civil War prodigy to his struggles against the Indians. He truly was larger than life and his flame was extinguished too soon. In the past these stories have often been romantically portrayed. Soli gives us the straight scoop. We look at the events and interactions with a clear windowpane and can make our own conclusions. It is good for us to read books like this and learn from the past mistakes.

Since it was historical fiction, I was disappointed in the Anne narrative. The accounts of her captivity were heartbreaking, but it is not with that part of her story that I was unhappy. It was the way her path was described as crossing that of Custer and his wife. There were accounts of Anne meeting Custer from Anne's perspective and of Anne meeting Libby from Libby's perspective. I would have loved to see their storylines be integrated in a bit more organic way. It seemed like the timelines did not match up well.


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