Friday, August 15, 2014

Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

This take on the real life story of Mary Rowlandson, a 17th century Puritan taken captive by Indians in King Philip's war and held for 11 weeks presents her differently, as a more complex and interesting person than in her memoir which can be read through Project Gutenberg. I highly recommend this novel for book groups with its useful author's note and discussion questions. While it is not a "fun" read, the look at the time and setting, life in a Puritan community and an Indian nation at war and on the move was fascinating. Mary's feelings for her children and later, the way her views of slavery, a woman's place, the treatment of indigenous people, and child rearing change is believable and great for discussion.

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