This was such a random book for me to read. My Mom gave it to me and told me I should read it and so I stuck it in my TBR pile and didn't think I would get to it any time soon. Then a few days later I picked it up off my coffee table and read the first couple pages and I was intrigued. What intrigued me was that One Thousand White Women is a fictional "what if" story. Apparently, in 1875 (and this is actual history) the Chief of a Cheyenne Indian tribe came to Washington DC and asked President Ulysses S. Grant to trade 1,000 white women as brides for 1,000 wild horses. The logic behind the Chief's grand idea was that the babies born of these women would be more accepted into the white race there for bridging the gap between the whites and the Indians Though sound logic, (um no) Grant said no (I would hope with no hesitation). But, One Thousand White Women is the fictional account of what happened had he said yes.
This story unfolds through the journals of one of the women that volunteered to become an Indian "Bride". Her name is May Dodd, and the reason she decided to leave her Chicago home for the wild wild west is because her family had her committed to an asylum for being promiscuous (oh the horror). After a few brutal and medicated months in the asylum a man from the government came and asked her if she would like to join the "Brides for Indians" program, a government experiment. She was to join a handful of women and head out to the wilderness to become the wife of a Cheyenne Indian for 2 years and bear him some children. After the 2 years were up she was free to go and do whatever she liked. May thought that this was her chance at freedom so she jumped on board and headed out on the first train west. She meets the other "brides" on her journey to the camp and befriends them all (and boy are they a group of great characters). Eventually they end up at their new homes and through the next few months they acclimate to the new rough lifestyle, become super close to each other as well as their new Cheyenne families, fall in love with their "husbands", and realize they are pawns in some very shady political games.
Though I thought this book was good I didn't think it was great. I don't know that I would recommend it to a ton of people (maybe if you were interested in Native American culture it would be a good read for you). It was entertaining to say the least but I didn't feel the urge to pick it up like I do when I read other books (must be why it took me all crappen' month to read the dag on thing). But I did feel that it was worth finishing. I thought it was pretty predictable, there wasn't many surprises, and there was little to no suspense. I felt like I was reading the Abridged version of this book (I wasn't I checked) because I wanted more details, I felt like we needed to hear a little more about some events that happened during their stay with the tribe. Over all I thought the book was just an average read.
BOOK vs. MOVIE: Lets just say that if I was flipping through channels on the TV and came across this as a Hallmark Movie I would probably stop and watch, but if it came out on the big screen I probably wouldn't drop the $8.50 for the ticket and the other $12,000 on candy and popcorn. :)
RATING: 3 Stars
3 More Reviews on One Thousand White Women:
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
If you liked this book then read: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell