The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin audiobook

The Children's Blizzard: A Novel

By Melanie Benjamin
Read by Cassandra Campbell

Random House Audio 9780399182280

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780525492764

  • ISBN: 9780525492764

Runtime: 11.43 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A January 2021 LibraryReads Pick

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Benjamin comes a story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially schoolchildren.

The morning of January 12, 1888, was unusually mild, following a punishing cold spell. It was warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota Territory to venture out again and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats—leaving them unprepared when disaster struck. At the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day, a terrifying, fast-moving blizzard blew in without warning. Schoolteachers as young as sixteen were suddenly faced with life and death decisions: Keep the children inside, to risk freezing to death when fuel ran out, or send them home, praying they wouldn’t get lost in the storm?

Based on actual oral histories of survivors, this gripping novel follows the stories of Raina and Gerda Olsen, two sisters, both schoolteachers—one who becomes a hero of the storm and the other who finds herself ostracized in the aftermath. It’s also the story of Anette Pedersen, a servant girl whose miraculous survival serves as a turning point in her life and touches the heart of Gavin Woodson, a newspaperman seeking redemption. It was Woodson and others like him who wrote the embellished news stories that lured northern European immigrants across the sea to settle a pitiless land. Boosters needed them to settle territories into states, and they didn’t care what lies they told these families to get them there—or whose land it originally was.

At its heart, this is a story of courage, of children forced to grow up too soon, tied to the land because of their parents’ choices. It is a story of love taking root in the hard prairie ground and of families being torn asunder by a ferocious storm that is little remembered today—because so many of its victims were immigrants to this country.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this piercingly detailed drama, riveting in its action and psychology, Benjamin reveals the grim aspects of homesteading, from brutal deprivations to violent racism toward Native Americans and African Americans, while orchestrating, with grace and resonance, transformative moral awakenings and sustaining love.” Booklist (starred review)
“In this atmospheric novel, as relentlessly paced as a thriller, you experience the encroaching storm from many perspectives and, in the process, understand something important about the tenacity of the human spirit.” Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author
“Get ready to be transported into one of the most astonishing tragedies you’ve never heard of—a massive blizzard that devastated the lives of prairie homesteaders in 1888. Melanie Benjamin draws you into the lives, hardships, and triumphs of a diverse cast of characters and compels you to care about them deeply. The Children’s Blizzard has a pulse-pounding pace, a giant heart, and a sweep as wide as the prairie itself.” Elizabeth Letts, New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Melanie Benjamin

Author Bio: Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin is the author of several critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling historical novels, including The Aviator’s Wife and Alice I Have Been.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 11.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English