Synopses & Reviews
Based on a chilling historical event, Ghost Woman is a tale of the arrogance of colonizers, rape, guilt, punishment and retribution. It is set on the Southern California coast during the early nineteenth century, when Catholic missionaries rounded up all the local Indians except those still living on San Nicoland#225;s Island. When this group is finally captured, one woman jumps from the boat and returns to the island for her missing child. The novel is that woman's story, and the story of the white family with whom her life becomes entangled after she too is taken from her island home.
Based on a chilling historical event, Ghost Woman is a tale of the arrogance of colonizers, cultural blindness and an effort at cultural understanding, rape, punishment and retribution. The novel is set on the California coast when Catholic missionaries had gathered under their control the Chumash and other local Indians. In this mesmerizing novel Lawrence Thornton, the award-winning author of Imagining Argentina, depicts the shattering effects that ensue when an Indian woman is forcibly introduced into the white community of Santa Barbara in the 1800s.
Ghost Woman explores the history and tragedy of colonialization in California through the life of a remarkable Native American woman.
About the Author
Lawrence Thornton is the author of the novels Tales from the Blue Archives (1997), Naming the Spirits (1995), Under the Gypsy Moon (1991), and Imagining Argentina, which won the 1987 PEN/Hemingway Award and the PEN/USA West Award, as well as the Commonwealth Club Prize for first novel and the Shirley Collier Award. He also wrote Unbodied Hope: Narcissism and the Modern Novel (1984). He lives in Claremont, California.