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The Resource The first dance : a Barnaby Skye novel, Richard S. Wheeler

The first dance : a Barnaby Skye novel, Richard S. Wheeler

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The first dance : a Barnaby Skye novel
Title
The first dance
Title remainder
a Barnaby Skye novel
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Richard S. Wheeler
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eng
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  • The new novel in the multigenerational Barnaby Skye series finds the late Barnaby’s mixed-blood son, Dirk, translating for the U.S. Army in Montana. What should be a celebratory day turns dark when Dirk’s new bride, Therese, a Metis woman, flees the wedding ceremony and informs Dirk she doesn’t want to see him again. Dirk reluctantly returns to his job, and his next assignment is a distasteful one The army has orders to chase recent Metis settlers from their homes to free up more range for politically powerful cattlemen. Dirk soon balks at the injustice and becomes an advocate for the displaced refugees. Meanwhile, Therese has had a vision and begins the difficult task of building a church that can serve as an anchor for the Metis community. Initially, Dirk and Therese work independently, unaware of one another’s efforts, until their paths inevitably cross. A typically solid Wheeler western, featuring intelligent, believable protagonists and more than a few lessons regarding the difficulty immigrants faced in establishing community and broad acceptance in their adopted country. -- Lukowsky, Wes (Reviewed 07-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 21)
  • Though series anchor Barnaby Skye dropped dead a couple of books ago, the Sky's West series lives on as it chronicles the life of Barnaby's son, Dirk, a mixed-blood school teacher and civilian translator for the U.S. Army in 1885 Montana. Much like in The Owl Hunt, in which Wheeler explored the shameful treatment by whites of Native Americans, he exposes the prejudice against people of mixed blood, especially the Metis, a predominantly French-Cree people driven south by the Canadian government. Dirk is sympathetic: while he is tolerated for his linguistic skills, he knows he will never be accepted because of his mixed blood, and after his new Metis bride, Therese, runs away on their wedding day, Dirk is ordered to join an army expedition to force the Metis back north to Canada, a task he hates and cannot understand. He's soon dismissed for insubordination and quickly decides to aid the Metis. Therese, meanwhile, is guided by a saint to build a church for the Metis. Aided by a mysterious Irishman and a crafty and sympathetic U.S. marshal, Therese and Dirk's separate efforts achieve surprising results, but at great cost. This sad, tragic tale finds in Dirk a character worth following. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 9, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 19, p)
  • Dirk Skye, the half-British, half-Shoshone son of Barnaby Skye from the long-running "Skye's West" series, is a very happy man. He just placed a silver wedding ring on the hand of Therese Trouville, a half-French, half-Metis refugee from Canada. After their first dance following the marriage ceremony, she dances with many others then disappears. But the new groom can't search for her. Skye, a civilian translator for the U.S. Army, must leave on a debatable mission that takes him throughout Montana. He is supposed to help the army flush out many of the Metis who have been exiled from Canada. Meanwhile, readers learn the whereabouts of Therese, whose religious visions have set her off on a grand quest. Will these two lovers reunite? And how will the much-hunted Metis make it through the winter? VERDICT Suspense, romance, and survival themes intertwine nicely as this second-generation star of the Skye series settles in for what many loyal Western genre fans undoubtedly hope will be a long ride.— Keddy Ann Outlaw, formerly with Harris Cty. P.L., Houston, TX --Keddy Ann Outlaw (Reviewed July 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 12, p75)
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10002795
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Wheeler, Richard S
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813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3573.H4345
LC item number
F56 2011
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Skye's West
Series volume
0019
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  • Skye, Barnaby (Fictitious character)
  • Racially mixed people
  • Ranchers
  • Métis women
  • Métis
  • Métis
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a Barnaby Skye novel
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The first dance : a Barnaby Skye novel, Richard S. Wheeler
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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815766
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First edition.
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pages cm
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9780765322029
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2011013482
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(Sirsi) i9780765322029
Label
The first dance : a Barnaby Skye novel, Richard S. Wheeler
Publication
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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815766
Edition
First edition.
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pages cm
Isbn
9780765322029
Lccn
2011013482
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(Sirsi) i9780765322029

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