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"A captivating generational tale of one family's pioneering travels during the 19th-century. Adair masterfully weaves pivotal events into the lives of this family, crafting a perfect mix of action, tragedy and romance. It is a fitting, rousing tribute to the courage of ordinary families who made extraordinary sacrifices." -Kirkus Reviews

"Donna Gruber Adair does well in crafting a riveting story of the pioneers. 'An American Odyssey' is a fine and much recommended read, not to be overlooked." - The Midwest Book Review MBR Bookwatch November 2011

About the Author

Donna Gruber Adair is a former high school teacher of English and creative writing with a degree in history. She is the author of award-winning short fiction and poetry. Her interests include historical research and genealogy, with an emphasis on 19th century American history. Through her research, she recreates the world around the individuals who lived in those fascinating times.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463517432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463517434
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,597,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully written, An American Odyssey gives the reader a front row seat for some of America's most momentous moments. Go along with the Adair family on its journeys, triumphs, and challenges as the clan creates settlements, confronts Indians, stands up against slavery, and much more. The panorama of early American history found in this novel teaches as well as entertains. Knowing that the inspiration for the novel came from the research of a real family makes the story all the more endearing and powerful. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to return to the early days of our country to experience how it really happened.
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Donna Gruber Adair's "An American Odyssey" offers readers a sweeping panorama of one of the central events in American history, the settlement of a succession of western frontiers by pioneer Americans seeking to improve their lives. Donna Adair begins her story by introducing readers to Benjamin Adair, Jr., a nine-year-old boy whose father in 1805 has decided to move his large family from the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia to a recently opened frontier in southern Ohio. Over the course of Benjamin Jr.'s life, he continues to follow the American farmer's dream of obtaining better and larger landholdings by moving on, first to Indiana and later to Kansas. This is the story of hundreds of thousands of Americans, who endured dangerous and laborious journeys, sickness from potentially fatal diseases that were commonplace in new lands, and natural disasters (droughts, tornadoes, and prairie wildfires. All of these are portrayed in vivid detail in "An American Odyssey."
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I read novels hoping that they will elicit my emotions and carry me to a place where I feel happy. After reading just three pages of Donna Adair's novel An American Odyssey, I was taken back to a time in the seventh grade when my class went to the movies and enjoyed How the West Was Won. She hooked me right away, I wanted to read more.

The story is about winning, achieving freedom and adventure. It is a story about generations of Adair's who left their secure lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to explore the wide-open spaces and freedom that the West offered. They left behind a comfortable world and crossed a threshold into the unknown. Benjamin Adair took his family into this unknown world, exposing them to the dangers of the wilderness. Through this journey, we meet generations of Adair's, a good, kind and brave family, who endured the hardships of establishing a home from scratch, with little support and infrastructure. Their own skills and ability to persist kept them alive. The author keeps us hungry to read more as she constantly throws new challenges in front of the Adair's. She explores the emotional and physical ramifications caused by Indians, slavery and Civil War. I recommend this book as one of my top picks for 2012.
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As a former Social Science teacher, I feel this epic journey of the Adair family is a must read for students and educators! You are transformed to another place and time(much like the old television program,"You Are There")you feel what they feel,you see what they see and in such a fantastic episodic adventure of our early westward expansion. Superb job of having a literary piece that could be used as a learning tool in the classroom; role plays, sketches, plus numerous other functions and best of all just the pure reading enjoyment for those wanting to understand the trials and tribulations of this era. Don't wait get it soon!!!
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I enjoyed An American Odyssey by Donna Adair, a historical fiction book that held my interest from the very first page. The book is based on actual characters, the ancestors of the author's husband, and the historical events through which they lived actually happened. It is fictionalized, however, to make it readable. For example, "Ben brushed the hair from his eyes." While that would not have been documented anywhere in a history book, it made each of the characters seem very alive and relatable.

The characters lived in the 1800s and moved by covered wagon from Virginia to Ohio, then Indiana, and eventually to Kansas. At each place, the Adairs established farms and helped build communities that still exist today. While the book touches on the historical hardships and challenges endured by those early pioneers, it doesn't dwell on them. Instead, the central theme is family, and how determination, love and concern for one another carried them through the difficult times which included high water river crossings, broken wagons, Indians, locusts, prairie fires, the Gold Rush, vigilante violence, Civil War, reconstruction and of course, numerous births and deaths. It is the story of America in the 1800s as told through the activities of a real American family of determined pioneers, the Adairs, and is a very, very good read.
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