The Memory Weaver
By Jane Kirkpatrick
Published by Revell
352 Pages

BACK COVER: Eliza Spalding Warren was just a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians during a massacre in 1847. Now the young mother of two children, Eliza faces a different kind of dislocation; her impulsive husband wants them to make a new start in another territory, which will mean leaving her beloved home and her departed mother's grave--and returning to the land of her captivity. Eliza longs to know how her mother, an early missionary to the Nez Perce Indians, dealt with the challenges of life with a sometimes difficult husband and with her daughter's captivity.

When Eliza is finally given her mother's diary, she is stunned to find that her own memories are not necessarily the whole story of what happened. Can she lay the dark past to rest and move on? Or will her childhood memories always hold her hostage?

Based on true events, The Memory Weaver is New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick's latest literary journey into the past, where threads of western landscapes, family, and faith weave a tapestry of hope inside every pioneering woman's heart. Readers will find themselves swept up in this emotional story of the memories that entangle us and the healing that awaits us when we bravely unravel the threads of the past.

REVIEW:  I read from the back of the book in author notes first. I also found the author interview with Jane Kirkpatrick informative. They helped to bring a depth and clarity to this true story I wouldn’t have otherwise. The author gives a glimpse into this tragedy from a different angle than other writers.

This author wanted to explore the daughter’s life and make it the focal point of this novel. Jane says, “There had never been an exploration of Elisa the child as an interpreter during the Whitman tragedy.” …”Novels are meant to move people, to bring emotion to the surface and enable us to see our lives in new ways. To paraphrase French writer Marcel Proust, “The real journey of discovery is not in seeking new landscape but in seeing with new eyes. I wanted to show Eliza’s journey toward seeing with new eyes.”…”A novel allows one to speculate about the why and how one felt regarding an incident…”

I had never heard of the Whitman tragedy. I learned about this event up-close and personal. The author is brilliant at weaving the mother’s diary entries and the daughter’s first person POV to create a heart-felt, compelling and fascinating way to learn about this historical event. This is a journey filled with challenges, survivors and a sense of hope. I liked how the author explores our memories in this tragic event. She says, “…What we remember isn’t always the way it actually, factually was and that new stories can transform our wounds and old shames, weave new memories that nourish.”

I found this statement and subject illuminating. I hadn’t thought of this before. This author does a great job of revealing a dark past and give renewed hope for a bright future in this novel. I love the deep faith that is portrayed through her characters, who in spite of the unbearable circumstances they are in, find peace. If you like historicals you’ll love this story.

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