Title: Yellow Hair
Author: Andrew Joyce
Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage written about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in this fact-based tale of fiction were real people and the author uses their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century. This is American history.
I’m a big fan of historical fiction. Why? I get to experience history and when it’s done right, reading it changes me as a person and I see the world in a whole new light. I’m fairly familiar with the atrocities foisted upon the Sioux Nation in the 19th century through my schooling and my childhood friends (Sioux) but in Yellow Hair, Andrew Joyce unveils what really happened.
“This is American History,” states Joyce and I applaud him for using real names and events while weaving his protagonist throughout. Joyce’s research is spot-on and historically accurate.
Yellow Hair is a book every single American (and Canadian) needs to read. Joyce plunges the reader into history and instead of being a passive observer, the reader is suffering right along with their Sioux brothers and sisters. This is the real history and we cannot stand idly by and have history repeat itself.
Another fantastic gem from Andrew Joyce and I highly recommend it, especially if you love historical fiction!
Yellow Hair. Not since reading Jane M. Auel have I been so connected to a historical fiction character as I did with Yellow Hair. He’s the vehicle Joyce uses to show the reader the real American history and I got to experience everything Yellow Hair witnessed. The most amazing thing is that Yellow Hair really existed and after reading this, I still feel him with me.
“The coming of the White Man would forever change the fortunes of the people of the plains— more often than not for the worse. Very few White Men had a positive influence on the Indians. But there were a few. One of those men was Jacob Ariesen.”
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and forty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, YELLOW HAIR. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, MICK REILLY.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N