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Dark Hills to Westward: The Saga of Jenny Wiley Hardcover – November, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Jesse Stuart Foundation (November 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945084455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945084457
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am a descendant of Jenny Wiley from one of her children she had after she was returned home. This book is similar to many of the stories I've grown up hearing all my life. It brings to life the area where she lived. Although it is not a totally accurate account of what happened and Caudill seems to dismiss some of the extraordinary things that happened to her, such as her dream of how to escape, he does a good job of keeping the spirit of her self and her journey alive.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James E. Wiley on May 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a 3-Great Grandson of Jenny Wiley (Through her son, Hezekiah) this book is of course a great interest to me. It along with "White Squaw" and others tell a graphic story of pioneer life in the eastern U.S. mountains in the late 1700's. I am, of course, proud to be a direct descendant of this great pioneer woman.

I must note though, that I am quite disappointed in the editing done by the Jesse Stewart Society in this revised edition. Unfortunately, political correctness has "softened" the savagery of the Indians from what was originally published by Caudill. Other than that, and as was noted by a previous reviewer, Caudill's softening the impact of her supernatural encounter(s), this is an excellent read and I highly recommend it.

Also, if you find the original publication in a used book store, buy it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm a decentant of Jenny Wiley.I've heard thestory about her,when I was a child growing up.I've also shared this book with my 4 childen.Who enjoyed it alot.They tell all there friends how famous & brave she was to escape from the Indians.I like to see more Kids read books like this.They sure would be suprise what people went through back in those days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L Little on June 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am also one of the many direct descendants of Jenny and Thomas Wiley. I liked this book as fiction but not as a true history since it has more than one inaccuracy. Two of the most noticeable are Jenny's missing dream and the glossing over the violence of the very violent murder of her brother and five children. Both the dream and the murders are documented and are integral to her story. The removed and "softened" account of parts of her story damages this books historical accuracy.It may be hard to accept the painful and horrific things that have happened but if we soften or gloss over history just to make it more palatable, we change history. If a reader simply wants to acquaint his or herself with the story of this brave and resourceful pioneer woman, this book is a good place to start. If they are looking for a strictly historical account, look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Webb on February 11, 2013
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If you think your having a bad day, you need to read this true account of an amazing frontier women. Her 3 children and 15 yr old brother butchered in front of her,scalped. Has a baby on the trail,made slave to the Indians. A witness to unspeakable torture to others, escapes back to her husband and continues to raise kids and go on with a life. In our modern era this women would have been "sent away" locked up on a Ward and forgotten. How did these early American women overcome this stuff without Paxil Opra and Therapy? This was one of my Grandmothers,and I can see shades of her in some of my now dead Aunts and other women in my family. They did not take "Crap" from a drunk husband, or call the Cops...they would bust your head open if need be. There was no 911, they were 911, and I miss those women now as an old man. So if your at Starbucks and your Latte is late, you may think about women like Jenny, and think...yeah, life is great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fredad on March 13, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even though no one knows exactly what transpired during Jenny's captivity with the Indians, I felt the substance was correct. Obviously, she gave an oral history of her adventure and what a story it was! The women of that time were indeed tough, smart, and self sufficient. It seemed even the Indians respected her.

Making the book even more interesting to me is the fact that I am a genealogist. Jenny was my husband's fifth great maternal grandmother. She was the daughter of Hezekiah Sellards and Jean Brevard. If you research on line there are many sites telling her tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nitengail on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The story of Jenny Wiley has interested me for many years. Kentucky was called the Warrior's Path because Indians traveled through the mountains as a pathway, while on a War Path. The terrible things that happened to Jenny and her family were horrific. Women living on the frontier in those days were very tough, and knew life was fleeting. During the years we lived in Kentucky, we traveled to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to the valley where Jenny Wiley was buried. It is truly a beautiful place, and you can look down in this small valley. Her story is inspiring, and I wish children of today understood what life was like in those early days. This is an excellent book and I would recommend it to anyone.
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By A Customer on January 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Although i have only read the first three chapters of this book at the library i have found it extremly interresting. my grandma has informed me that jenny wiley is an ancestor of mine. after hearing this i thought i would chek it out. after reading very little i have learned so much and would love to read more. In other words im glad Harry M. Caudill worte this book. if other people read this book i know they will love it too.
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