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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (39,935 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Fergus Narrator: Laura Hicks Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the US government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial Brides for Indians program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man’s world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Author Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jim Fergus knows his country in a way that’s evocative Dee Brown and all the other great writers of the American West and its native peoples. But One Thousand White Women is more than a chronicle of the Old West. It’s a superb tale of sorrow, suspense, exultation, and triumph that leaves the reader waiting to turn the page and wonderfully wrung out at the end.”

    Winston Groom, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A rich, imaginative harvest of historical detail.”

    San Antonio Express

  • “Jim Fergus so skillfully envelopes us in the heart and mind and skin of his main character…that we weep when she mourns…and our hearts pound when she is in danger.”

    Colorado Springs Gazette

  • “Fergus is gifted in his ability to portray the perceptions and emotions of women. He writes with tremendous insight and sensitivity…This book is artistically rendered with meticulous attention to details that bring to life the daily concerns of a group of hardly souls at a pivotal time in US history.”


  • “An impressive historical, terse, convincing, and affecting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A most impressive novel that melds the physical world to the spiritual. One Thousand White Women is engaging, entertaining, well-written, and well-told. It will be widely read for a long time, as will the rest of Jim Fergus’s work.”

    Rick Bass, author of Where the Sea Used to Be

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jen | 2/8/2014

    " Struggled to finish this. Mostly because of the cliched characters and an unbelieveable lead character. Oh, the historical inaccuracies soured me as well. Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra in 1874? Um, no. Not for another almost twenty years. If one is going to write historical fiction, then get the facts straight! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shandon | 2/4/2014

    " Im enjoying it very much, cant wait to get a bit deeper into the story and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sharon Nelson | 1/23/2014

    " Powerful and haunting fiction based in one of my favorite historical periods - the settling of America. Written with intelligence and insight, this is a dark and somewhat ghastly tale of "what if". Feminist in spirit, the author depicts the harsh and dark reality of the era. Not for the faint-hearted. There are some very graphic moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Danielle Redfern | 1/21/2014

    " Great book - so well written, and descriptive. Not a topic I thought would interest me but I couldn't put it down. "

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About the Author
Author Jim Fergus

Jim Fergus was born in Chicago but attended high school in Massachusetts and graduated as an English major from Colorado College in 1971. He has traveled extensively, worked as a teaching tennis professional in Colorado and Florida, and in 1980 moved to the tiny town of Rand, Colorado, to begin his career as a full-time freelance writer. His articles, essays, interviews, and profiles have appeared in a wide variety of national magazines and newspapers. Fergus’ first novel, One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd won the 1999 Fiction of the Year Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association and has become a favorite selection of reading groups across the country. It has since sold over 250,000 copies in the United States. An international bestseller, One Thousand White Women was also on the French bestseller list for fifty-seven weeks and has sold well over 400,000 copies in that country.