From the New York Times bestselling author Tatjana Soli, an expansive and transfixing new novel set on the American frontierSpanning the years of the first great settlement of the west, The Removes tells the intertwining stories of fifteen-year-old Anne Cummins, frontierswoman Libbie Custer, and Libbies husband, the Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer. When Anne survives a surprise attack on her familys homestead, she is thrust into a difficult life she never anticipatedliving among the Sioux as both a captive and, eventually, a member of the tribe. Libbie, too, is thrown into a brutal, unexpected life when she marries Custer. They move out to the territories with the U.S. Army, where Libbie is challenged daily and her worldview expanded: the pampered daughter of a small-town judge, she transforms into a daring camp follower. But when what Anne and Libbie have come to knowself-reliance, freedom, dangeris suddenly altered through tragedy and loss, they realize how indelibly shaped th...
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The Removes Reviews
I'm a native of the Great Plains and a sucker for fresh takes on frontier stories. The Removes, by Tatjana Soli, weaves together the experiences of Libbie Bacon Custer, her husband, Gen. George Armstrong Custer, and Anne Cummins, a 15-year-old captured by the Cheyenne.
Soli's writing is fluid and evocative. Like Willa Cather, she captures the beautiful – and sometimes terrifying – expansiveness of the plains.
Because Libbie Custer spent her widowhood burnishing her husband's reputation, she's ge ...more
I received a digital ARC of this book from Sarah Crichton Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
There were aspects of this book I really appreciated. Those include the unvarnished views we got of life in the Wild West for Custer the army general, for his wife Libby and for the Indian captive (Anne). It was fascinating to watch the trajectory of Custer's life from Civil War prodigy to his struggles against the Indians. He truly was larger than life and his flame was extinguished to ...more
A wonderful book cover holds an emotional and meaningful story about how this country expanded westward and what the cost was to settlers and native people. The book focuses on three characters: George Armstrong Custer, his wife Libbie and the fictional Anne Cummins a white teen-age captive of the Cheyenne. The land, the environment, and people they encounter test all three. For Custer the challenges are the politicians, the Army, his family, his sense of duty and loyalty to the mission before f ...more
The seemingly endless prairies of the American West with their waves of grass provide the backdrop for Tatjana Soli’s harrowing historical epic of frontier expansion. It begins with a murderous attack by Indians on Kansas homesteaders and the capture of teenage Anne Cummins. Her story intertwines with those of dashing Gen. George Armstrong Custer and his devoted wife Libbie Bacon Custer. Libbie marries her “Autie,’’ proud to be the wife of a Civil War hero, but then Custer is sent to the Territo ...more
From author’s note: …”Literature by its nature is political in that it gives us empathy for those unlike ourselves…”
Tatjana Soli crafts a memorable western novel in ‘The Removes.’ Told from the perspective of three major characters, George Armstrong Custer, his wife, Libbie Bacon, and Anne Cummins, who is taken hostage by the Cheyennes at age fifteen, the story also features a few chapters from the POV of Custer’s brother, Tom, and Golden Buffalo, an Indian who has left his tribe to learn the wa ...more
I just happened on this book in the library. Didn't know the author, was just intrigued. I love historical fiction, and in particular the period of the Westward expansion.
This author was so amazing at making that time frame so real, especially with characters that everyone is familiar with; and fictitious characters, to give us a sense of how amazing it would have been if the West could have been won peaceably (won is not the right word to use here, NO ONE won). If only all could have been achie ...more
DNF @42 %
Indian Wars chick lit. This book has it all: Stock characters whose motivations make no sense, clumsy narration, cringeworthy pathos, and "wisdom" that even Ayn Rand would probably consider dubious.
One of our female narrators is Libbie, "the most eligible girl in town", with an "independent streak" who has already "turned down a number of proposals". But beware: She "was always realistic about herself - she was nothing particularly special except for Autie's love for her." You think th ...more
Thank you, NetGalley, Farrah, Straus, and Giroux, and Tatjana Soli for a free advanced copy.
I was so looking forward to this read. But, I am sorry to say it just did not work for me. I am blaming myself as I thought the prose would read differently.
I enjoyed Anne's story so much more than that of Autie and Libbie. There was more time spent in the beginning of the story following Anne's sufferings and life among the Indians, it just wasn't enough for me. The descriptions of frontier life I belie ...more