Stone Heart: A Novel of Sacajawea
In Stone Heart, Diane Glancy grippingly retells the story of American legend Sacajawea, the young Shoshoni woman who traveled with Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the West. Presented in Sacajawea's voice in the form of a journal, the book makes moving and illuminating fiction out of a... show more
In Stone Heart, Diane Glancy grippingly retells the story of American legend Sacajawea, the young Shoshoni woman who traveled with Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the West. Presented in Sacajawea's voice in the form of a journal, the book makes moving and illuminating fiction out of a famed piece of history that has long been masked by myth. Glancy adds breadth and immediacy to the story by juxtaposing excerpts from Lewis and Clark's diaries with her brilliantly imagined journal of Sacajawea. Lewis and Clark recorded the external journey; its physical challenges and its wonders. Glancy's Sacajawea experiences the expedition on a different plane, one in which the dream of a small white stone shaped like a beaver is emblematic of the thin membrane between the worlds of the mundane and the magical. Sacajawea hears the clouds talking, feels the thunderous hooves of ghost horses, and savors the wetness where a buffalo calf licks her arm from the other side. Although the Lewis and Clark trail has largely faded to a story told in glass beads and musket balls, fire pits and bison bones, in Stone Heart, it springs back to life in a stunning work of imagination that depicts the ordeals and triumphs of the famed expedition. At once a trail uncovered and a life revealed, Stone Heart draws a lingering portrait of a woman of resilience and courage. Author Biography: Diane Glancy has received the American Book Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Capricorn Prize for Poetry, the Five Civilized Tribes Playwrighting Prize, and the North American Indian Prose Award. She teaches literature and writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Glancy is of Cherokee and German-English descent.
Publish date: 01-01-1970
Publisher: Overlook Press, The
Edition language: English
I read this simply because I love reading anything about Sacajawea. There is not very much known about her, but I still read books about her in hope of finding out a bit of information I may not have known. Stone Heart was able to provide a bit of information I had not known before, as well as being...
Fictionalized diary of Sacajawea set along side excerpts of Lewis and Clark's expedition notes. While an interesting choice in writing style, it ultimately made reading a chore. The story has potential -- Sacajawea returns to her homeland, visits the ocean, raises her infant son while travelling on ...