BookView Review: Bone Necklace by Julia Sullivan

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Brandylane Publishers, Inc.

Pub date June 3, 2022

ISBN 978-1953021540

Price $19.95 (USD) Paperback, $4.99 Kindle edition

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Sullivan constructs a captivating drama around America’s final Indian War, told from the perspectives of a Nez Perce warrior, an Idaho militiaman, and an English painter who gets caught up in the violence. It was the summer of 1877 when General Howard of the U.S. Army initiated his attack on the bedraggled remains of the Nez Perce tribe and promised to make short work of the tribe. Instead, for four months, he pursued them across 1,100 miles of Idaho, only to lose the war. Set against the backdrop of a vicious war, this compelling tale beautifully portrays the heartbreak that the country brought to the Indians and the myriad ways they were forced to protect themselves. Blending history and fiction together, Sullivan authentically captures the perspectives of the Nez Perce as well as the viewpoints of their adversaries from the U.S. cavalry. She skillfully portrays the era while weaving together social history, historical events, and details of day-to-day life. Aching stories of familial love and heartbreak yield greater themes of belonging and alienation, the complexity of personal and professional loyalties, and the atrocities of war as Sullivan emphasizes her characters’ inherent humanity. A gripping, meticulous, and illuminating tale of courage, survival, war, and intrigue.

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