You call her now “the most tragic figure of the frontier”, a “white” woman degraded not just by an Indian, but also by a nigger. You say that Chloe was my slave, and I write this to you disavow you of that thought. There is so much more truth to tell, and so little time left in which to tell it. And so I ask your forgiveness for the literary pace with which I write this section, this narrative that bridges my life as a field slave on a cane plantation along the Mississippi River to my life as Kweepoonaduh Tuhmoo, the man you are about to hang.
Before you even start you know how it all ends but what was started and how it came to be is the true story of Percy Wilson. As he reflects on his life and how he got there, you are walking alongside him. Knowing his pain and his anger. How families were split apart. How men were treated as property to do as you saw fit. No justice…no hope. Percy becomes the property of Master Wilson and he becomes involved with the woman that his master has taken a special interest in. Chloe can pass as a white woman but she becomes the property of Wilson the same time Percy does. There story is tragic and it takes you thru the war and the Wilson’s escape to Texas. Percy is forced on another trail but he meets up again with his master as an Indian.
The story reflects a terrible time in our nation’s history and the hypocritical mind of all men. As what the white man did to the slaves, it was done to them by the Indians. How Percy became integrated into the culture (reminds me of Dances with Wolfs) and how he found acceptance after much pain. A great read for all.
A Special Thank You to Atria Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.