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From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, a historical novel about Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea, and his intriguing sojourn as a young man in 1820s Paris.

Born in 1805 on the Lewis and Clark expedition, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau was the son of the expedition's translators, Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau. Across the Endless River compellingly portrays this mixed-blood child's mysterious boyhood along the Missouri among the Mandan tribe and his youth as William Clark's ward in St. Louis. The novel becomes a haunting exploration of identity and passion as eighteen-year-old Baptiste is invited to cross the Atlantic in 1823 with young Duke Paul of Württemberg.

During their travels throughout Europe, Paul introduces Baptiste to a world he never imagined. Gradually, Baptiste senses the limitations of life as an outsider. His passionate affair with Paul's older cousin helps him understand the richness of his heritage and the need to fashion his own future. But it is Maura, the beautiful and independent daughter of a French-Irish wine merchant Baptiste meets in Paris, who most influences his ultimate decision to return to the frontier.

Rich in the details of life in both frontier America and the European court, Across the Endless River is a captivating novel about a man at the intersection of cultures, languages, and customs.

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Synopsis:

Rich in the details of life in both frontier America and the European court, "Across the Endless River" is a captivating novel about Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, son of Sacagawea, who finds himself at the intersection of cultures, languages, and customs.

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The questions for discussion and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading group's discussion of Across the Endless River, the latest historical novel from Thad Carhart, the acclaimed bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

About the Author

Born in 1805 on the Lewis and Clark expedition, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau is the son of Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau. He is raised both as William Clark’s ward in St. Louis and by his parents among the villages of the Mandan tribe on the far northern reaches of the Missouri river. In 1823 eighteen-year-old Baptiste is invited to cross the Atlantic with the young Duke Paul of Württemberg, whom he meets on the frontier. During their travels throughout Europe, Paul introduces Baptiste to a world he never imagined, and Baptiste ultimately faces a choice: whether to stay in Europe or return to the wilds of North America. As we follow this young man on his intriguing sojourn, this remarkable novel resonates with the richness of three distinct cultures, languages, and customs.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767931731
Author:
Carhart, Thad
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
MAP
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.97 x 5.2 x 0.75 in 0.53 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Rich in the details of life in both frontier America and the European court, "Across the Endless River" is a captivating novel about Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, son of Sacagawea, who finds himself at the intersection of cultures, languages, and customs.
"Synopsis" by , The questions for discussion and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading group's discussion of Across the Endless River, the latest historical novel from Thad Carhart, the acclaimed bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank
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