To be published June 2023 by She Writes Press * Distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West
“An engaging tale that powerfully evokes a time and place in American history.” ~ Kirkus review ~ Read the full Kirkus review here
In 1835, Fort Snelling was the setting for a convergence of cultures. The European settlers, soldiers, trappers, and traders came in greater numbers than ever. The Native Americans tried to blend with the white man’s culture but were driven from their land. The fort was located in a free territory, but the soldiers in Zachary Taylor’s regiment came from the South and brought their slaves with them.
Samantha Lockwood, Day Sets, and Harriet Robinson come to Fort Snelling from very different backgrounds. It’s 1835 and the world is changing faster than they can keep up. After Samantha refuses another suitor chosen by her father, he banishes her to live in the territory with her brother, who tries to take over her marriage plans. She is determined to find her own husband, even when her choices go awry. Day Sets is the daughter of a Dakota chief. Supporting her father’s belief that his people must learn the ways of the white man in order to ensure the tribe’s future, Day Sets demands that her white husband create a school to educate their daughter. Harriet’s life as a slave in the territory is more like that of a free person than anywhere she’s lived. She even falls in love with Dred Scott and dreams of a life with him. But they are still slaves, and events keep reminding her how little control she has. As their cultures collide, each woman must find a way to direct her own future and leave a legacy for her children.
What early beta readers are saying:
The River Remembers follows the intertwining histories and intersecting cultures of three young women —Day Sets, Harriett Robinson and Samantha Lockwood —on the prairie. Ulleseit’s powerful storytelling enlightens readers to the compelling women who have been missing from our history books for far too long. A captivating and worthwhile read for all fans of historical fiction. ~ Samantha Specks, award-winning author of Dovetails in Tall Grass
Storyteller Linda Ulleseit shares a fabulous account of frontier women —white, Native and black —in a variety of social statuses, tenderly conveyed. Taken from actual histories, each woman seeks independence and thinks she is willing to endure the consequences. Linda brings to life the Prairies of Michigan Territory and the emotional demands on lives changing day by day. I read well into the night and didn’t want to let these women go! Neither will readers everywhere. ~ Jane Kirkpatrick, NY Times best selling author of The Healing of Natalie Curtis
A heartbreaking but honest look at the lives of three women in the not-so-distant past, The River Remembers epitomizes historical fiction in its ability to share history as seen through the eyes of those whose stories are yet untold. ” ~ Colin Mustful, History Through Fiction ~ Read Colin’s full review here