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Boy In The Darkness

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A young indentured Chinese boy is injured and left behind by his Oregon-bound wagon train. Trapped in an underground pit, incapacitated and terrified, his pleading is mistaken for that of an evil spirit by the Indians who hear him. Gifts of food and water appear as if from nowhere. The wailing moans frighten some and intrigue others, including a young slave girl who thinks ...more
Kindle Edition, 58 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Trailblazer Western Fiction
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Jeanette Morris
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Boy in the Darkness explores a tragic accident of fate from three points of view--that of an unfortunate Chinese boy who falls into a cavern along the Oregon Trail, then some native people who believe the strange sounds coming from the earth are that of warrior spirits, and finally, a century later, the discovery of the cavern and its unexpected contents by a construction crew building a road in Wyoming. Author Anne Schroeder tells a compelling tale and brings up thought-provoking questions abou ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Boy in the Darkness is a riveting novella. Shroeder takes the past, the life of an indentured Chinese boy who is left by the wagon train he is traveling with to Oregon, and weaves a ribbon of discovery into the future when the Lakota advisor finds evidence of his presence in the cave. This story held my attention as the injured boy fought for his life and a spec of promise among his devastation. I loved the aspect of hope when a young slave girl heard his wailings, and her fear turned into compa ...more
Pamela Barrett
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anne’s novella about a young Chinese servant traveling to Oregon on a wagon train is powerful. Man Gee is treated bad by his master, but has no choice but to work hard and put up with the abuse until his 5 years of servitude comes to an end. But it was not to be, as he ran searching for a wandering cow he falls into a cave and injures himself. He can’t get out. Then Indians hear his cries and think he is a spirit of a warrior. The wagon train leaves, the Indians move on and he is alone strugglin ...more
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Anne Schroeder describes herself as a calorically-challenged Aphrodite with an unmistakable fervor for life. Second of seven children, she was born in Ventura County, California, the subject of her first memoir Branches on the Conejo: Leaving the Soil after Five Generations.

In 1971 she graduated from Cal Poly, SLO, with a husband, toddler and part-time job, in the first wave of the Social and Sex