GHOST FOX by James Houston


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Less enveloping than The White Dawn (1971) is this industrious account of the capture of a colonial woman and her conversion to Indian ways. Despite humiliation, a forced march to Canada, and enslavement, Sarah Wells adapts to her Abnaki family although she never gets accustomed to their more atrocious tortures--nor will delicate readers. Drawn to Taliwan who gives her a bearskin blanket and something even warmer, she earns the name Ghost Fox although Foxy Lady would do just as well: there's an old friend on the way home and a soldier she strategically wears out. The conflicts of the French and Indian Wars are enacted while Sarah, in a plot as circuitous as a forest path, attempts escape, is recaptured, reconsiders and ""marries"" Taliwan; subsequently returned to her overcivilized family, she voluntarily departs to resume life among the Indians. More substantial than many but watch out for the war paint.

Pub Date: Jan. 10th, 1976
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich