||The story of the Trail of Tears told through the voices of Indians, soldiers, evangelists, leaders, madwomen, songs, folktales, and historical documents. Diane Glancy, herself part Cherokee, has received many prizes for her writing, including the American Book Award and the Pushcart Prize.
||"Maritole!" I heard my husband from the field.
||In 1838, thirteen thousand Cherokee were forced from their southeastern homeland and walked nine hundred miles through four winter months to present day Oklahoma on the tragic relocation trek known as the Trail of Tears. Uprooted and betrayed by the government they had trusted, the Cherokee struggled to endure the cruelty, disease, fatigue, and spiritual despair of the Trail and to face the prospect of beginning anew on unfamiliar soil.|Bringing to life the ordeal are the haunting voices of Maritole, a young Cherokee and white, soldier and missionary, parent and child. With its luminous prose, infused with the flavor of the Cherokee language, PUSHING THE BEAR "retains the complexity, immediacy, and indirection of a poem," said the Los Angeles Times. Its "very restraint and evenhandedness make it powerful witness to one of the most shameful episodes in American history."
|Editors Note 3
||In 1838, 13,000 Cherokee were forced from their land to walk 900 miles along the "Trail of Tears" to present-day Oklahoma. This "illuminating and challenging chronicle of loss, despair, and regeneration" ("Washington Post Book World") brings this ordeal to life via the haunting voices of a young Cherokee woman, her husband, and a host of others--Cherokee and white, soldier and missionary, parent and child, the living and the dead.
|Editors Note 4
||In a novel that “retains the complexity, immediacy, and indirection of a poem,” Glancy brings to life the Cherokees’ 900-mile forced removal to Oklahoma in 1838 and gives us “a powerful witness to one of the most shameful episodes in american history” (Los Angeles Times).
|Editors Note 5
||Chronicled through the diverse voices of the Cherokee, white soldiers, evangelists, leaders, and others, a historical novel captures the devastating uprooting of the Cherokee from their lands in 1838 and their forced march westward