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Grist: A Story of Life in Oregon Country, 1835-1854
by R.C. Marlen
Denied recognition and acceptance by the white people in Oregon Country, Margaret Jewett Bailey, the first novelist of the Northwest, faded into oblivion after an attempt was made to destroy all copies of her novel. Although she and her husband William J. Bailey arrived in the mid-1830s and worked beside well-known historic figures as Jason Lee and John McLoughlin, today ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Sunbird Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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This book is the selection for our December book discussion. It looks like a self published book so I was prepared for a poorly written novel. The writing style is pedantic at times but the story is truly fascinating especially if you live in the Northwest. The author has used the autobiographical novel of Margaret Jewett Smith and historical facts to tell the story of one very determined but aggravating woman. She believed herself to be on a mission from God to teach Indian children. However ...more
An unusual and probably mostly unknown story of Margaret Jewett Bailey, the first poet and novelist in Oregon Country. Her life was unacceptable to the Methodist mission so she chose to marry and befriend Kalapuyans and French Canadians. I found it captivating because the people of the book are historical.
This is the June book club book, and I've gotta tell you, I have no intention of reading it. Just putting it here as a reminder of the book! I know I'm supposed to broaden my horizons and all, but I am really *over* the historical fiction right now. Sorry!!