Flight of the Sparrow

Flight of the Sparrow

A Novel of Early America

Book - 2014
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A historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson

"An authentic drama of Indian captivity…A compelling, emotionally gripping tale."--Eliot Pattison, author of the Mystery of Colonial America series

She suspects that she has changed too much to ever fit easily into English society again. The wilderness has now become her home. She can interpret the cries of birds. She has seen vistas that have stolen away her breath. She has learned to live in a new, free way.... 

Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676 . Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors' open and straightforward way of life, a feeling further complicated by her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband, and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her.

Based on the compelling true narrative of Mary Rowlandson, Flight of the Sparrow is an evocative tale that transports the reader to a little-known time in early America and explores the real meanings of freedom, faith, and acceptance.

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Publisher: New York, New York :, New American Library,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9780451466693
0451466691
Characteristics: 331 pages

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SPL_Brittany Oct 02, 2017

Following the destruction of her village, Mary Rowlandson along with her children, are taken captive by the indigenous peoples in the area. Mary survives a harrowing journey through the wilderness, both physically and spiritually, and experiences many revelations throughout her time amongst her c... Read More »


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SPL_Brittany Oct 02, 2017

Following the destruction of her village, Mary Rowlandson along with her children, are taken captive by the indigenous peoples in the area. Mary survives a harrowing journey through the wilderness, both physically and spiritually, and experiences many revelations throughout her time amongst her captors that challenges her worldview and her beliefs on faith and humanity. She finds that despite her struggle there is much to admire and enjoy about life amongst the first peoples. I would recommend this novel for those who have enjoyed "Caleb's Crossing", as well as those who enjoy historical fiction set in late 17th century America.

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Feb 08, 2017

I loved this book. It gave such a good picture of both the Puritan's way of life as newcomers to this new land mid 1600's. It also was a good picture of the Native American's way of life, their intimate family life more than what you usually hear of the "savage warrior". It also shows how easy is was for misconceptions to become entrenched with language barrier and completely different belief systems- although were they?
Anyone interested in our country's history, pioneers, womens struggles in settling the frontier, and Native American culture would be interested in this book.
The author did a great job of addressing many issues in the true story of a woman who was captured by Native Americans and torn by her subsequent return to the "English"

I cannot get enough of this type of book. It helps that I am utterly fascinated with King Philip's War. The setting and restrictive plight of Mary Rowlandson with her English brethren contrasts greatly with the horror but also the inherent freedoms she experienced as a captive. She literally could not conceive of women who could be leaders in a society. Overall political expediency vis a vis her love of an Indian and trying to “save” him was quite the reality check. Reintegration with society and the whole matrix of social standing and morality in that time was well presented IMHO. A poignant look at early American history through the eyes someone who was both invader but also had insight into the invaded.

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