Pushing the Bear : A Novel of the Trail of Tears
In 1838, thirteen thousand Cherokee - forced off their lands in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee - walked nine hundred miles through four winter months on what is known as the Trail of Tears. Uprooted from their homes, betrayed by the government that they had treated with respect, separated from the land that nurtured them, the Cherokee struggled to understand how to make a new life.Acclaimed author Diane Glancy has given this tragic history flesh and blood through the wrenching story of a young woman and her family. Torn from a settled life in North Carolina, Maritole walks apart from her husband when their fears about the future strain the bonds of their marriage. One of Maritole's brothers has disappeared; disease, hunger, cold, and fatigue threaten the rest of her family. On the trail, everyday problems grow and evolve, fed by anger and despair.Fiercely determined and deeply compassionate, Maritole reaches out to family, friends, strangers-even to a white soldier in her search to understand how, and why, to survive the numbing punishments of the Trail. A chorus of voices old and young, angry and resigned, analytical and philosophical, antic and inspired - vividly recreates the Cherokee struggle, in all its power and passion, and uncovers the deeper ground that ultimately allowed the Cherokee to endure.Forcefully removed from their world and taken altogether elsewhere, this ancient people never ceased to try to regain their footing and to begin anew, despite the senselessness of the removal. In showing how the Cherokee succeeded in this quest, Pushing the Bear brings to stunning life the immense achievement, moral and spiritual as much as physical, that resulted from the Trail of Tears.
- Hardback | 241 pages
- 160.02 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 544.31g
- 01 Sep 1996
- HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- United States