Spanning the years of the first great settlement of the West, The Removes te ...more
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"Danger knows full well that Custer is more dangerous then he."
I love books which not only educate me but also evoke feeling and leave me thinking about them for long after I have finished reading. This was one of those books.
Yes, this book is about General George Armstrong Custer, a.k.a. Autie, and ultimately his last stand, but it is also about his wife, Elizabeth "Libbie" Custer and a fifteen- year-old girl named Anne who was taken captive during an attack on her homestead.
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“The Removes”, historical fiction, is definitely - by far - Tajana’s most ambitious novel to date......an epic story of the Indian ...more
By the very nature of the slice of American history (1863- 1876) depicted in this novel, violence and death and abuse and brutal treatment permeate the story. The writing is exceptionally descriptive and that makes it difficult to read. Yet, this prevalence of violence is what makes this so realistic. This is what happened. Soli in her note points out that this period of time about the frontier has been romanticized - not so here. There are no holds barred, as she tells the story of George Armst ...more
In 1866 Kansas, the Cheyenne frequently rode to homesteads demanding charity, not necessarily freely given. It was "necessary to work the fields with a hoe in one hand and a rifle in the other". Fifteen year ...more
The Removes is a strong work of historical fiction, but it’s awfully hard to read — the kind of book that made me want to turn away more than a few times. The story is set in the 1860s and 1870s in the US during the American Indian Wars. The story focuses on two women living separately difficult lives. Anne is a fictional character who is taken captive at the beginning of the story during an attack on her homestead. Libbie is the wife of General Custer, who was a captain in the Calvary ...more
This book. Wow. It took me a while to read The Removes because I had to tread slowly. Although it is smoothly written, it required me to take some breaks from it, which I will describe why in a bit.
Set on the American frontier, The Removes is told with three narrators, a fifteen-year-old named Anne, as well as George Armstrong Custer, and his wife, Libbie. In the opening scene, Anne’s family is attacked without warning by the Sioux, and she is held c ...more
THE REMOVES is a historical work of fiction that tracks the life of General George Armstrong "Autie" Custer through the American Civil War and American Indian War ending with the massacre of "Custer's Last Stand" at Little Big Horn in Montana.
The novel also follows wife Libbie Bacon Custer who endures hardships, some scary times (OMGOSH, the Dakota blizzard), disease....and humiliation....from her womanizing husband, but she stands by...more
This is the first book I’ve read by Tatjana Soli. It won’t be the last. Starting with an Indian raid of a Kansas homestead, she paints an in depth story where you can see the entire narrative play out like movie scenes.
The novel bounces between Anne, one of the few survivors of the raid, Libbie Custer, her husband George and Tom, George’s brother.
I’ve said it before and will reiterate the sentiment again, a good historical novel teaches you something as it tells its story. Soli explains George ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and FSG for the opportunit ...more
This novel was an intense portrayal of yet another of America’s darkest periods of history. And it is told through the perspectives of three fascinating characters: two women whose lives were connected in various ways to Gen. George Armstrong Custer, and Custer himself.
I will reiterate one of my frequent sentiments about historical fi ...more
And being human draws from a source from within.....that internal flicker of personal energy that motivates a single action through fear, desire, envy, dissatisfaction, or a thirst for insatiable power. It finds its way, at times, embedded in the fibers of simple survival.
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
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
This work of historical fiction features George and Libbie Custer, and Anne Cummins. Annie was captured by the Sioux in a raid on her home when she was fifteen. The timeframe the main story occurs is from the early Civil War years until Custer’s death at The Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana Territory. (1861 – 1876) The storylines alternate between Libbie Custer, George Custer, and Annie Cummins. The book really speaks to the hardships and horrors endured and inflicted during th ...more
Fifteen year old Anne survives a surprise attack on her family’s homestead, captured and forced to live with the Cheyenne. Libbie, too, is thrown into a brutal, unexpected life when she marries George Armstrong Custer.
I didn't realize Custer was a Civil War veteran. I liked the fictional story of Anne better than Libbie. It just seemed to flow and read easier than the actual historical happenings of Libbie and Custer.
Merriam-Webster defines remove, a transitive verb, as: "to change the location, position, station, or residence of remove soldiers to the front." There are eighteen removes in this novel.
The setting: "Spanning the years of the first great settlement of the west ... the intertwining stories of fifteen-year-old Anne Cummins [abducted from her family homestead during an attack], frontierswoman Libbie Custer, and Libbie’s husband, ...more
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
Libbie Bacon is a young woman living in Monroe, Michigan, with her widowed father. George Custer is from the same home town, though from a much poorer family than Libbie’s. After Geo ...more
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
Author: Tatjana Soli
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sarah Crichton Books
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This just was an absolutely extraordinary book. Historical fiction about George Armstrong Custer, his wife Libbie, and his brother Tom. That was one story line. Intermixed was the story of two white women who was captured by native tribes. Their life of captivity is told from one of ...more
We all know how this story ends but it is a tantalizing look at this time in our history and also into the complex character of General Custer and his wife. If you love historical fiction, this is the book fo ...more