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Red Water: A Novel Paperback – April 8, 2003
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I do confess a bias, however, although different from that of others. I first "met" Captain Alexander Fancher, leader of the Fancher party murdered at the meadows, as I was researching his brother, my great grandfather John Fancher. I found them and their families side by side in the 1850 census of San Diego, California. They had apparently come out together to try their hand at cattle raising and were headed for Tulare county in central California.Read more ›
This is NOT a story about the Mountain Meadow Massacre, though the incident and its characters figure prominently. This is NOT a story about merits or evils of Mormonism, though most of the characters are mormon and deal with their beliefs. Instead Freeman forces us to look at how humans have to come to grips with the complexities of belief and the realities of harsh everyday life.
This is a story centered around a fictionalization of part of the life of John D Lee. Executed for his role in the massacre. But even more than that, it is centrally, a story about women, and how they love.
Emma, the devoted wife who was in love with Lee when he took her as his 8th (well 17th) wife. How she dealt with the love and desire for a man she could not possess for herself but who totally possessed her. How she was bound more to the land and the religion by the man than the other way around.
Ann, who at thirteen married Lee for complex reasons but in the end, was taken by his personality and her own curiosity, shall we say. But who was tormented more by the man whom she lost belief in and the religion she never believed in but was wary of. Lee's memory amd her mixed feelings for him dogged her life even when she had left. Moreso, maybe.
Rachel, who in the end, realized that she was devoted to Lee for what he could promise her in the next life. An eternity next to the sister she idolized and loved. But Rachel's devotion may appear more as love than the love of the others.
There was a certain fascination in this book for me. It is well done and I literally read it in two days almost straight through.Read more ›
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Excellent tale. It's important that members of the church familiarize themselves with uncorrelated church history- even if it's thru historical fiction. Start somewherePublished 5 months ago by maria berry
A novel about Mormon polygamy centered around the Meadows Massacre. The perspectives of three of one leader’s (John Lee) wives. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jan Francis
This book was an interesting read though depressing and a bit too long. It did, however, make me want to learn more about the facts of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.Published 16 months ago by Sheila
Interesting historical event of the "Mountain Meadow massacre" and the person who was the scapegoat and executed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kay A. Ballif
Well written enjoyed how the stories was told differently by the three different wives. Once again I am reminded of the resilience of women and am glad to be among strong women in... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by robin grover
Parts of the novel were like a list of supplies in a cupboard, and many scenic descriptions went on and on. We have all seen clouds, mountains and meadows. Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Sharon Lynne Bell
This book is an incredible read based upon an historical massacre that occured in southern in Utah in the 1800's. Somehow, the author has woven details . Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by star gazer
If you like real mormon history from a different perspective of women who dare tell it like it is - you will like this.Published on November 23, 2013 by Jeanne Aldrich
I felt it was well written in a very unique style. It gave wonderful insight to the hardships and trials facing the women that helped settle the West, be they Mormons or not.Published on September 10, 2013 by ZANE J LUBIN