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Eleven-year-old African American twins Tom and Stefan are coping with frontier life in 1860s Texas when they are suddenly separated by a Comanche Indian raid. Far Stones tells of Tom’s harsh assimilation into Comanche life, while Stefan encounters the brutal realities of slavery during the Civil War and confronts its legacy afterwards. Throughout the years on their dispara ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by North Loop Books
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Grady
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘I should get proper doctor training, Stefan thought, so I can be of more help to my people—and my brother.’

Ten years ago this reader was deeply moved by California psychiatrist/musician author Loren Woodson’s novel THE PASSION OF MARYAM, writing ‘In his third novel Loren Woodson takes a lot of chances, both conceptually and technically, in writing a novel about characters so well known to the public: not only are his story and characters part of the fabric of religious beliefs, they are also ic
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Regina Pally
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was pulled into the book FAR STONES from the very first pages, with its lyrically and poetically rendered but traumatic series of events. These events lead to the loss of parents that forever alter the lives of twin brothers just blossoming into adolescence. One reason this book is so compelling is that the characters are depicted as vivid and real people, who are both consistent with the time-period of the book (the Civil War) and yet simultaneously express the timeless feelings and motivatio ...more
Elizabeth Arnold
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wild ride and a great read! I love learning about history through fiction, and this book is a wonderful window into the Texas frontier of the 1860s. It's the story of African American identical towns, separated at age 11 by a Commanche raid. One twin grows up as an adopted Commanche; the other, as a slave/servant in the rough white world of the frontier. The historical details are exceedingly well researched. The baseball metaphor is an added dimension. ...more
Polly Krize
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Dealing with the trauma of both the Civil War and the loss of their parents, twin brothers Tom and Stefan are separated, one into slavery, the other into the harshness of life with the Comanche. Very sensitively written and adherent to the times, these characters will stay with you long after the finish of the book.
Martha Brindley
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very well written and fascinating story of African American twins living in Texas in the 1860's. It explores racism, slavery and Indian abuse. The twins, Tom and Stefan, are separated during a Commanche Indian raid. Their shared love of baseball keeps them going during their separation and their hopes of being reunited. A worthy read. Thank you Net Galley for my copy. ...more
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Loren Woodson spent his youth in small-town Kentucky, fascinated with the American Indians and the westward-bound frontiersmen and settlers. His family relocated to Southern California where he received his education and became an M.D. psychiatrist. He was hooked on baseball from when he first caught one. His devotion to history informed his deep research into the land and the issues of the clashi ...more

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