COUNTRY OF STRANGERS by Conrad Richter

COUNTRY OF STRANGERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This sad little historical partially illuminates a tragic incident in our history -- the forced return of white children adopted by Indians in the period of colonization. Stone Girl, adopted at the age of five by the tribe of Lenni Lenape, remembered only faintly the image of a pink house and a lovely woman withflaxen hair. But Stone Girl was fiercely Indian, proud of her tall brave Espan and her little boy, Otter Boy. When the tribe is ordered by the white settlers to return the white captives, Espan attempts to hide his wife and child, and it is then that Stone Girl begins her long journey away to be separated forever from her tribe and Espan. At the close, mistreated, defiant, forlorn, Stone Girl rejoins attacking Indians, loses her son, and experiences the painful limbo of two worlds.... In spite of the research, this variant of Light in the Forest has a dim air of implausibility.

Publisher: Knopf