Bravery was required in the
early 1800s frontier along the Mississippi River, and Annamanda's
courage helps her family to survive despite ferocious bears,
"panthers," Tecumseh's ire, crop failures, roving bands of outlaws,
and even the disputes between the many religions that formed and
fell at the edges of the movement West.
Following her preacher
husband into Missouri's wilds, Annamanda meets the strange Eremus
Lodi, a wealthy, educated landowner whose demons isolate him from
"proper folk," and his African companion named O'Reilly, whose
healing powers save several members of her family. Through danger
and deprivation, doubt and wonder, Annamanda faces each trial with
humble strength and humor, until the coming of the Great Earthquake
of 1811 threatens to destroy all that she knows and loves. In
Annamanda's flight from the seemingly endless Great Shaking, she and
her family will have to face a final horror known as The Beast that
is unleashed in the deep forests of the Middle South.
Full of frontier wisdom and
humor, heart-stopping events, old-American religious factions, and
the rollicking dialect of our early American ancestors,
Annamanda is a novel of courage and character from the
viewpoint of a most remarkable American pioneer.