Winner of the Western Heritage Award, this beautifully crafted historical novel from one of the West’s most popular writers tells the true story of the friendship between Valentine McGillycuddy, a young doctor plucked from his prestigious medical career and newly married wife to serve in the army during the Great Sioux War, and the fearsome chief Crazy Horse. When Crazy Horse finally agrees to surrender to the United States, mistrust and treachery on both sides generate further conflict, and he is gravely wounded. McGillycuddy declares the chief his patient and struggles through a long night to keep his spirit alive.
Set in the sprawling Great Plains during the most tragic period in its history, this tale of bravery, justice, and love weaves a tapestry of time and events into the account of a single day—the last in the life of Crazy Horse—to reveal the secrets surrounding America’s past.
This novel, based on the last days of the great Sioux chief Crazy Horse, in 1877, is narrated many years later by the doctor who tended to him when he was wounded by an American soldier. Instructed to keep the chief alive lest the Sioux retaliate, the doctor makes a friend of him, all the while observing with a clear eye the treachery and brutality of the Americans.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Types of Characters, Conflicts + Dualities, General, Westerns, War + Military, Politics, Peoples + Cultures, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Family + Friendship
- Edition: Reprint
- Format: paperback
- Release Date:
March 1, 2011
- Date Published:
March 1, 2011
Author: Dan O'Brien
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- Online Item #: 13336585
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-62-6516
- ISBN: 9780803235878
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