The Healing of Natalie Curtis

Jane Kirkpatrick. Revell, $16.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-8007-3613-2
Kirkpatrick (Something Worth Doing) returns with another enthralling work of historical fiction inspired by real events. In the early 20th century, 26-year-old musical prodigy Natalie Curtis has become sickly and is unable to perform. Broken by an unrequited love and the social constraints placed on women, she languishes at her parents’ home in New York. Upon returning home from working at a cattle ranch in Arizona, Natalie’s brother convinces her that the Southwestern climate may help her recover her strength—and perhaps her voice. But it’s the songs of Native Americans that enrapture Natalie once she arrives out west. She soon discovers those songs are outlawed by the government’s Code of Offenses. Government rations are reduced for violators, with the goal of Americanizing the Native Americans by disassociating them from their cultures. Natalie makes it her mission to preserve their songs and, in doing so, their heritage. To that end, she petitions President Theodore Roosevelt, a family friend, to sanction her work. Kirkpatrick’s portrayal of Natalie’s fight for equality and cultural preservation will resonate with readers. Those who enjoy the work of Francine Rivers should take a look. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 07/12/2021
Release date: 09/01/2021
Genre: Inspirational Fiction
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-0-8007-4053-5
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