She Who Remembers

She Who Remembers

Paperback - 1989
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She stood apart for her unusual blue eyes. But to the clan who took her in-and the man who saved her-she was born for a special destiny.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 1989, c1988.
ISBN: 9780451160539
Characteristics: xvi, 478 pages :,illustrations, map ;,18 cm.


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FindingJane Nov 17, 2016

This fictional novel of early American tribal cultures follows the travels of a beleaguered young woman believed to be cursed because of her unusual eye coloring. Even though she comes from a matriarchal society, that doesn’t protect her against wicked or weak men who seek to destroy her.

Kwani displays a powerful spirit and I liked her from the start. She’s a woman who refuses to be cowed or to bend simply because of poor circumstances. She’s constantly trying to figure out how to deal with the people around her. The book places her again and again at the whims of hurtful, manipulative or domineering men but she manages to rise above her circumstances with grace, wit and the ability to adapt to her circumstances. It’s true she sometimes comes off as a damsel in distress but she that’s because expects men to protect women rather than use them (it’s the way of her people) and is furious when they do not.

This book delves into the aspects of the various societies of the people that she meets—friends, enemies and potential allies—and the world of the spirits. The notion of gods is ever present in her world and almost everyone is mindful of showing respect to them; there are harsh punishments for those who defy or ignore the deities. Visions, dreams and spells are real to these people and the author makes this vanished world come alive as she explores the importance they exerted in everyday life.

This is a rousing novel, part supernatural fantasy, part archaeological history, and vivid as a cave painting whose colors have not faded after thousands of years.

Mar 28, 2016

Lovely story of Kwani aka She who Remembers. Set in America's prehistory, this book gives a wonderful view of the times. Easy to read and makes you want to read the follow up books.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

In a time before Columbus arrived in America, Kwani is exiled by her people because her blue eyes make them believe she is a witch. She falls in love with the Toltec magician Kokopelli and becomes a wise woman.

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