In 1838, thirteen thousand Cherokee were forced to leave their homeland in the Southeast and walk 900 miles to present-day Oklahoma. Hunger, cold, fatigue, and disease threatened their very survival. Their grueling relocation trek-the Trail of Tears-takes on new immediacy and meaning with this stunning work of fiction. Maritole loses not only her home and her settled life in North Carolina, but also many of the people closest to her. A chorus of voices joins hers to vividly recreate the tragic story of the Cherokee removal. Amid wrenching scenes of hardship and pain, there is the underlying strength that ultimately allowed this ancient people to endure. Diane Glancy has received many awards for her writing, including the American Book Award and the Pushcart Prize. Her luminous, poetic prose and memorable characters take on added life with this multi-voice performance by talented narrators. An interview with the author is at the conclusion of this audiobook.
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"The removal of the Cherokee from their homes in the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, now known as "The Trail of Tears," is recounted in this work. Glancy's moving fictional account presents this tragedy from several different perspectives; leaders, soldiers, pastors, wives and husbands all tell their tales of enduring the hardships of this journey. As each performer concentrates on his or her particular character, we are treated to performances that are focused, undiluted and full of passion. The interview with the author at the end treats the listener to insights on both the work and the historical event. M.T.F. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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