From Library Journal
Conley, a member of the United Keetoowah Bank of Cherokee and the author of numerous works of fiction ( Nickajack , Doubleday, 1992; Go-Ahead Rider , LJ 6/15/90), delivers a very accessible and moving account of the Trail of Tears, told by a grandfather sharing the ancient culture with his young grandson. Mountain Windsong focuses on two individuals caught up in this monumental event shortly after their betrothal: Waguli is forced on the long, hard government-imposed migration, while Oconeechee manages to remain behind with a small band hiding in the mountains. Waguli struggles with the hardships he encounters on the trail and with the effort to adjust to the new life imposed upon him. Oconeechee holds onto her love for him, while her people strain to hold onto their land and their way of life. After four long years, the lovers are reunited, but the reader shares in the sadness expressed by the young boy who knows that, despite this happy ending, the tale was one of utmost sorrow. Highly recommended for public libraries.
- Debbie Bogenschutz, Cincinnati Technical Coll.
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