Join moderator Kathy Schultenover for a discussion of Tatjana Soli’s book The Removes. Parnassus Book Club meetings are free and open to anyone. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion.
On her Kansas homestead, fifteen-year-old Anne Cummins watches as her family is murdered by Cheyenne warriors. Taken captive and thrust into a life she didn’t anticipate, she adapts. Then the U.S. Army attacks, and Anne must reckon with her loyalties.
Meanwhile, Libbie Bacon, a judge’s daughter, upends expectations when she marries the civil War icon George Armstrong Custer. In the life of an army wife, Libbie chooses freedom - as well as austerity, instability, and danger.
With taut, suspenseful prose, Tatjana Soli threads these stories of Anne, Libbie, and General Custer as they are shaped by life on the treacherous frontier; she weaves an intimate and propulsive portrait of an America filled with violent contradictions and the people who fought to create it.