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The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932


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Now in paperback, a stirring historical novel from the author of One Thousand White Women

When Ned Giles is orphaned as a teenager, he heads West, hoping to leave his troubles behind. He joins the 1932 Great Apache Expedition on their search for a young boy, the son of a wealthy Mexican landowner, who was kidnapped by wild Apaches. But the expedition's goal is complicated when they encounter a wild Apache girl in a Mexican jail cell, victim of a Mexican massacre of her tribe that has left her orphaned and unwilling to eat or speak. As he and the expedition make their way through the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, Ned's growing feelings for the troubled girl soon force him to choose allegiances and make a decision that will haunt him forever.

In this novel based on historical fact, Jim Fergus takes readers on a journey of magnificent sweep and heartbreaking consequence peopled with unforgettable characters. With prose so vivid that the road dust practically rises off the page, The Wild Girl is an epic novel filled with drama, peril, and romance, told by a master. This is the novel your reading group will be talking about long past your discussion!


From the award-winning author of "One Thousand White Women" comes a novel in the tradition of "Little Big Man," tracing one man's search for adventures and the wild Apache girl who invites him into her world.

About the Author

Jim Fergus has been a freelance journalist for twenty-five years. His work has appeared in a wide variety of national magazines and newspapers and he is the author of two nonfiction books, A Hunter's Road and The Sporting Road. His first novel, One Thousand White Women, published in 1998, won the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association fiction award.

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joannegholston, February 14, 2011 (view all comments by joannegholston)
This is a very engaging story that sets the stage for distrust and hatred, and as the characters come to know each other, they discover that despite racial, cultural and communication barriers there are things to value in each other. Set in the 1930s in the mountains of Mexico, this story of war between the Americans and Mexicans and one of the last free tribes of Apache is compelling to read and surprising in many ways.
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Cathy Chapman, September 5, 2006 (view all comments by Cathy Chapman)
Intriguing and bitter-sweet tale inspired by actual events, notably the planned "Fimbres Apache Expedition" out of Douglas, Arizona to rescue the six-year old son of Mexican rancher Francisco Fimbres, and the treeing and subsequent incarceration of "la nina bronca," a young Apache girl, by an American mountain-lion hunter.

The story is primarily told through the "notebooks" of young photographer Ned Giles. Author Jim Fergus attempts to portray part of the story from the Apache people's view-- refreshing in a world where Apaches are typically solely portrayed as being fierce and war-like.
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Fergus, Jim
Hyperion Books
Historical - General
Literature-A to Z
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9.25 x 6.125 in 16.16 oz
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