The Long Sun: A Novel

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Soho Press, 1994 - Fiction - 266 pages
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Growing up in the mountainous wilderness of western Pennsylvania, Priscilla Ann Billips never had neighbors or playmates. In 1703 the only other inhabitants are a tribe of Tuscarora. Luckily they had befriended her family, helping the Billipses survive the merciless winters. When marauding war parties menace the homestead, the Tuscarora even offer their protection. They escort "Sassy" and her family to their encampment.
The peaceful life of these "Naturals" is a revelation. The Tuscarora are amazingly accepting and free of strictures. Decisions are made by loose consensus instead of a hierarchy. Leaders and formal questions are voted on, and women are held in high regard.
Being marooned is fun. For the first time in their young lives, Sassy and her brothers have other children to play with. The youngsters revel in their new found freedom and friendships. And their parents are relieved not to be facing the responsibility for survival alone. But the Tuscarora offer more than sanctuary, they offer a place among them. No one is more pleased by the prospect than Runs With The Wind, who senses that his destiny and Priscilla's have already intertwined.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This interesting historical romance, which purports to be based on family lore from the author's Native American heritage, nonetheless lapses into colonialist fantasy. Lucas, in this first novel ... Read full review


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