Join us as we celebrate the release of Kathleen Grissom’s new novel, Crow Mary. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.
About the Book: The New York Times–bestselling author of the “touching” book club classics The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything returns with a sweeping saga inspired by the true story of Crow Mary—an indigenous woman torn between two worlds in nineteenth-century North America.
In 1872, sixteen-year-old Goes First, a Crow Native woman, marries Abe Farwell, a white fur trader. He gives her the name Mary, and they set off on the long trip to his trading post in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan, Canada. Along the way, she finds a fast friend in a Métis named Jeannie; makes a lifelong enemy in a wolfer named Stiller; and despite learning a dark secret of Farwell’s past, falls in love with her husband.
The winter trading season passes peacefully. Then, on the eve of their return to Montana, a group of drunken whiskey traders slaughters forty Nakota—despite Farwell’s efforts to stop them. Mary, hiding from the hail of bullets, sees the murderers, including Stiller, take five Nakota women back to their fort. She begs Farwell to save them, and when he refuses, Mary takes two guns, creeps into the fort, and saves the women from certain death. Thus, she sets off a whirlwind of colliding cultures that brings out the worst and best in the cast of unforgettable characters and pushes the love between Farwell and Crow Mary to the breaking point.
From an author with a “stirring and uplifting” voice, Crow Mary sweeps across decades and the landscape of the upper West and Canada, showcasing the beauty of the natural world, while at the same time probing the intimacies of a marriage and one woman’s heart.
About the Author: Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kathleen Grissom spent a decade researching and writing Crow Mary. She is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Kitchen House, Glory Over Everything, and Crow Mary, and is happily rooted in Charlottesville, VA. Find out more at kathleengrissom.com.
Crow Mary will be released on June 6. To order the book, please see below for the New Dominion Bookshop book order form or call the shop at 434-295-2552.
"Crow Mary left me breathless. Kathleen Grissom has the gift of waking up the past with fever, illuminating an aspect of American history that few know. Each page engulfed me in a world of conflict, love, and heartache. Tender, compelling, and a profoundly educational and satisfying read. The strength and sheer bravery of Crow Mary will stay with me for a long time."
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Kathleen Grissom Photo Credit: Erin Plewes