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- DescriptionWinner of a gold medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards as the Best Fiction in the Western Pacific Region in 2009, and a finalist in the Eric Hoffer National Book Awards, Dream Helper tells the story of an Indian woman's struggles to preserve her way of life and family at the Franciscan mission of Santa Barbara. California. Set against a background of California in the early years of the 19th Century, A young Chumash Indian woman, Cayatu, flees to the Santa Barbara Mission to escape the threats of the village shaman only to find she is a prisoner, unable to leave the mission after she is baptized a Christian. When she is told by a mission priest she will be locked up each evening in a new women's quarters she tries to flee only to be found by one of the Spanish soldiers at the fort who tries to return her to the mission. What happens after that begins a bittersweet tale of Cayatu's sturggle to preserve her family and way of life. In fictional form, Dream Helper tells the true story of the Franciscan mission system in early California, a system vastly different than the free life the Chumash people had led before the coming of the Spaniards. The two cultures clashed and Cayatu finds herself caught in the middle. The Midwest Book Review called Dream Helper, A captivating vel from first page to last. ... Dream Helper: A Novel of Early California is a captivating vel from first page to last and a must for historical fiction enthusiasts with an interest in the old west.
- Author BiographyABOUT THE AUTHOR WILLARD THOMPSON Dream Helper is the first in Willard Thompson's Chronicles of California series of historical novels. Thompson is an award-winning writer, lecturer and historian living in Montecito, California. Delfina's Gold, the second in the series was published in 2011 and the third novel, Diego's War will be published in 2013 Thompson was awarded The Sara Miller McCune Award by the John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts to write Dream Helper, which also won an award as a work in progress at the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference. In 2008 He won a Santa Barbara Writers Conference Community of Voices Scholarship. His short story, Valentine's Day, was awarded a prize at the East of Eden Writer's Conference. In addition to historical literary fiction, Willard Thompson also writes non-fiction. Recently published articles are: Walter Vail - Empire Builder, Published in Persimmon Hill Magazine; The Last Cattle Drive, published in Range Magazine; Dividing the Waters, a brief history of Western water woes and the role John Wesley Powell played in the development of the West, also in Range Magazine. Running the Big Ditch, an account of a go-fer's life on a commercial raft running the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, published in Westways Magazine and Forbidden Fruit, an account of three days on the El Paso border working with the Border Patrol to intercept smugglers. Thompson's manuscript, Montecito Adobes and the Settlers who built Them was published by the Santa Barbara Historical Museum in 2008. Thompson also lectures, regularly on historic subjects about his adopted state, California. He is vice president and a docent at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, a docent at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and Arroyo Hondo Land Preserve in Santa Barbara County. He is a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.
- Author(s)Willard Thompson
- PublisherRincon Publishing
- Date of Publication16/12/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectHistorical & Mythological Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRincon Publishing
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight463 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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