by Alethea Williams
Publication Date: May 9th 2016
Publisher: C.A. Williams eBook & Paperback; 295 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
At the turn of a new century,
changes unimagined are about to unfold.
THE WOMAN: Kidnapped by the
Apaches, a Mexican woman learns the healing arts. Stolen by the Utes, she is
sold and traded until she ends up with the Piikáni. All she has left are her
skills—and her honor. What price will she pay to ensure a lasting place among
THE MAN: Raised in a London
charitable school, a young man at the end of the third of a seven year term of
indenture to the Hudson’s Bay Company is sent to the Rocky Mountains to live
among the Piikáni for the winter to learn their language and to foster trade.
He dreams of his advancement in the company, but he doesn’t reckon the price
for becoming entangled in the passions of the Piikáni.
THE LAND: After centuries of
conflict, Náápiikoan traders approach the Piikáni, powerful members of the
Blackfoot Confederation. The Piikáni already have horses and weapons, but they
are promised they will become rich if they agree to trap beaver for Náápiikoan.
Will the People trade their beliefs for the White Man’s bargains? Partially
based on the works of Canadian trader, explorer, and mapmaker David Thompson,
Náápiikoan Winter spans a continent, examining the cultures in flux at the
passing of an era and the painful birth of another.
we read NAAPIIKOAN WINTER our hearts were swept back in time. Alethea Williams
writes with the same authority and beauty that A. B Guthrie, Bernard de Voto,
Wallace Stegner, and Conrad Richter imparted to the page. We marveled at the
quality of her research, and the precision with which Williams recreated the
world of the Blackfeet at the time of white contact. Find the first page, dear
reader, and you'll fall effortlessly into a long-gone world filled with both
the noblest of humans, and the dross that always follows. This is no Western
romance, but the nitty-gritty reality of the Northern Plains. We call
NAAPIIKOAN WINTER masterful!" -W. Michael Gear and Kathleen
O'Neal Gear, authors of PEOPLE OF THE MORNING STAR
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Alethea Williams grew up in southwest Wyoming. Willow Vale is her first novel of the immigrant experience, dealing with the Tyroleans after WWI. Willow Vale won a 2012 Wyoming State Historical Society Publications Award. Her second novel details the Irish immigrant experience and the Orphan Train movement in Walls for the Wind. Walls for the Wind is a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rogers Medallion winner, and placed first at the Laramie Awards in the Prairie Fiction category. Her third book, a Western American pre-history spanning the North American continent, entitled Náápiikoan Winter is now available. She also has a collection of newspaper columns in print:Boomer Blues Book: Staying Alive and Sane in the Modern American West. Twice president of Wyoming Writers, Inc. she lives in her native state with long-time friend, Amazon parrot Bob. For more information please visit Alethea Williams' blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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