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The Place where they Cried

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Spring of 1860: The Pony Express at Williams Station abducts and abuses two small Indian girls. The chiefs of the girls' respective tribes unite in search of revenge.

Gives Grain, coy and enigmatic, professes shamanic prowess. Middle Road Maker, reserved and stern, struggles to understand his warrior mother's legacy. From wildly different cultures, these antipodal men have
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Published January 11th 2013 by Smashwords
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The Place Where They Cried contains 977 pages. DNF after having read 469 pages or 48 %. I will refrain from rating the book. Review posted January 1, 2013

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"Hear me," I said. "We will not pander to your demands. You are not our leaders. You do not have authority over us. This country is our country. This country has been our home for hundreds of thousands of years. You came to our home to live with us; and we accept that. And we respect it. And now you will respect us, too."

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Disclaimer: Author Rose Christo may not be Native American herself, as she has claimed. 

4.5 Stars

The love story between Gives Grain and Middle Road Maker is one of the most romantic I have ever read. But I am going to have to tell you right off the bat that this is not a Romance, because I am pretty sure that if I let people believe that I would be buried in hate mail. What this story does is make you fall in love with these two
Trisha Harrington
I know this book won't be for everyone, but it's definitely something you should at least consider. Damn, how the hell could it end like that!

It’s been four days since I finished The Place Where They Cried and I’m still at a loss for what to say. How do I properly explain this book? How can I compel you to read it, looking beyond its length and the inevitable sadness you’ll feel when it’s over?

The thing is, I can’t, but you need to read this book. It will break your heart, but forget that and hold onto these words: it will bring you joy, it will help you remember.


I don’t know about where you’re from, but primary and secondary s
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
This is a compelling retell of the struggles that took place during the American Indian Wars, particularly between the Paiute and Shoshone tribes. The time span of the book is at least 10 years. The rape and violence that occurred are a part of wars and it was unavoidable, so sometimes deaths (and rape) visited upon some of the most beloved characters.

The most beautiful thing about this book is the relationships: Between Middle Road and his mothers and brother, Middle Road and his child--Little
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, 4-star
This is a story that stays with you. Completely haunting. If the title isn't enough of a clue that you're in for a sad tale, the fact that we're getting the Native American perspective on events from 1860 to 1890 should give you an idea what you're in for. This is the period of the Pony Express War, the Bear River Massacre, Little Big Horn, and Wounded Knee (among many others). Yeah, "sad" doesn't really cut it.

But it's not all doom and gloom. This is a fascinating look at the life of native pe
My feelings are raw. It was beautiful and it was painful. It was mostly unfair and the damages done to these tribes and their cultures are irrevocable. I feel angry and I don't think I ever cried so much during and after reading a story.
The Place Where They Cried is astounding. It is a painfully, heart-achingly beautiful book. It took my breath away. Though long, it never dragged - in the capable hands of Rose Christo, I was transported to an era of history that has been misrepresented and largely ignored in American history: the perspectives of the indigenous populations during America’s western expansion. This book… it will make you laugh. But it will also make you weep. And it will make you look at the world in a different w ...more
Aimee ~is busy sleeping~
There is no doubt that this is one of the most romantic stories I've ever come across. It's beautifully told, and long, so you watch them grow up and change over several years. Coy, red-haired Gives Grain and hardened Middle Road Maker have carved a place inside my heart. And this is why I am DNF-ing for now. I'd like to let them live undisturbed together in my head for a little longer, knowing what more is in store for them. This book covers roughly 30 years from the Native American perspective ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I knew the basic history behind this, still, bawling my eyes out right now. So much slaughter and pain, all because of greed
Joyfully Jay
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

The Place Where They Cried is a beautiful and important piece of fiction written about the heritage of several tribes of First Nations’ people. The author, Rose Christo, has written some amazing novels, but The Place Where They Cried is my particular favorite. Favorite is an odd word to use because there is no happy ending to this book. If you have even a basic history of the American West then the systematic destruction and attempted genocide of the First Nations t
Stefan Erasmus
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
hands down the most heart breaking (and longest!) story I've ever read. through all the heart breaks and tears this is one of he best I've ever read, but definitely not for the faint hearted. one reader commented that Rose only fills your heart with warmth after she's broken it over and over, LOL and now I.see why! great detailed story for anyone who likes to sink their teeth into a big book. what happened to those tribes... it really breaks my heart. I can't imagine what it must have felt like ...more
One of the saddest, but most beautiful books I've read.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Me reading this book:

This is probably the most memorable and saddest historical I've read ever. The love story between Middle Road Maker and Gives Grain was beautiful, but so was their relationship with their families and friends. There was never a dull moment even in parts where the characters were just going on with their daily lives, because I could feel the happiness and kinship they all shared. I liked the contrasting of Paiute and Shoshone cultures in the beginning. It really makes you app
Sara Schultz
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The place where they cried turned out to be The book to which I cried. And cried. And cried. And just didn't stop.
I don't think I've ever been this affected by anything I've read. It's so so very painful. So relatable. So horrifying. So loving. So exhausting.
I knew it would be before I even opened it. I sat holding the book and my entire body was screaming at me not to open it. I'm glad I did. But I'm not sure I'll be able to bring myself to ever read it again...
Who do I think I'm kidding? Of c
Soledad P
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Este libro partió mi corazón.

Primero que nada, creo que etiquetarlo bajo el tag de gay u homoerótico le quita gran parte del público que DEBERÍA leerlo. Porque si, es un libro en donde se presenta una relación homosexual, pero está tan bien contada y tamizada, sin nada explícito y todo narrado de una manera tan sutil y exquisita que de verdad no es lo esencial en la historia.

Segundo, este libro, como latinoamericana que soy, me llega de maneras indecibles. Todos los que conocemos algo de histor
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Corley Elizabeth
My heart's gone. I think I cried it all out.
Jan 19, 2013 marked it as dnf
Only reason this is a dnf is because I can't deal with the PAIN at the moment.
I still want to read this book. Some day.
Juri  D
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've only finished 75% of the book and I refused to read more. It's heartbreaking. You sort of know how it ends.

You can't make me finish this D:
Heartbreakingly beautiful. Devastatingly sad.
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