The Remarkable True Story of Esther Wheelwright : Puritan Child, Native Daughter, Mother Superior

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In 1703, a war party of French soldiers and Abenaki warriorsraided the village of seven-year-old Puritan girl EstherWheelwright, taking thirty-nine captives and killing a handfulof men, women and children. That Esther managed to survivethe 200-mile journey by foot through swamps and forests to aJesuit mission in New France is astonishing. That she was adopted,quite happily, into a family of her Abenaki captors, isequally amazing. But for the Wheelwright family, who waitedyears before they had word that Esther had even survived theraid, this was a tragedy.

When Esther's release from her Abenaki family was finallynegotiated through a French Jesuit who took her to the city ofQuebec, it was too late. At the age of fourteen, Esther brokeher parents' hearts by refusing to go home; they never saw heragain. Instead, she remained in Quebec, the capital of NewFrance, where, against all odds, she rose through the ranks tobecome Mother Superior--and a pivotal figure after the siegeof Quebec in 1759.

Written by Esther's descendant, Julie Wheelwright, Estheris a spiritual and an emotional journey of survival, and of thehuman capacity for transformation.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2011.
ISBN: 9780002007238
Branch Call Number: 255.97402 WHEEL
Characteristics: 341 p.


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May 03, 2011

Amazing book about how a puritan girl from a prominent New England puritan family becomes Mother Superior of a convent in Quebec. Also about the search for family history. Also some history of Quebec during the turbulent time between the French and the English. All round fabulous read.

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