Sacajawea (Lewis & Clark Expedition) - Anna Lee Waldo

Waldo created a momentous novel of epic proportion. That it took ten years to complete is understandable. The historical aspect of the trials and tribulations suffered by the First Nations at the hands of the early pioneers was well researched and authentic. Sacajawea, feminist, wisewoman and healer is not a character you can dismiss or forget. Waldo's depiction of the abused child, battered wife and grief-stricken mother is a tragic tale of courage. The end of the novel tore at my heart, my old grandmother was leaving me. She will live on beside me as I marvel at the sunset, and as I stand still and listen