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The Removes

(2018)
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As the first wave of pioneers travel westward to settle the American frontier, two women discover their inner strength when their lives are irrevocably changed by the hardship of the wild west in The Removes, a historical novel from New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Tatjana Soli.

Spanning the years of the first great settlement of the West, The Removes tells the intertwining stories of fifteen-year-old Anne Cummins, frontierswoman Libbie Custer, and Libbie’s husband, the Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer. When Anne survives a surprise attack on her family’s homestead, she is thrust into a difficult life she never anticipated—living among the Cheyenne as both a captive and, eventually, a member of the tribe. Libbie, too, is thrown into a brutal, unexpected life when she marries Custer. They move to the territories with the U.S. Army, where Libbie is challenged daily and her worldview expanded: the pampered daughter of a small-town judge, she transforms into a daring camp follower. But when what Anne and Libbie have come to know—self-reliance, freedom, danger—is suddenly altered through tragedy and loss, they realize how indelibly shaped they are by life on the treacherous, extraordinary American plains.

With taut, suspenseful writing, Tatjana Soli tells the exhilarating stories of Libbie and Anne, who have grown like weeds into women unwilling to be restrained by the strictures governing nineteenth-century society. The Removes is a powerful, transporting novel about the addictive intensity and freedom of the American frontier.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Tatjana Soli’s The Removes breathes new life into a story I thought I already knew inside out - the tale of George Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, a century-old icon of American history, and exhaustively covered by Evan S. Connell’s Son of the Morning Star. Any writer entering these lists must be both bold and strong, and Soli proves herself all that, finding fresh blood in the strangely vexed, compelling romance between Custer and his wife Libbie, real pathos in the plight of captives both before and after ‘rescue,’ and surprising sympathy for the man who wanted - fatally too much - to be a hero." - Madison Smartt Bell

"Tatjana Soli weaves a stark western landscape, a national tragedy, and intimate portrayals of two pioneer women into a poignant and powerful tapestry of identity and belonging that will break your heart. I absolutely loved The Removes." - Meg Waite Clayton

"Soli's new novel focuses on General Custer, the frontier, and the Indian wars. This is a western, but a modern one - beautifully detailed and carefully researched, completely free of the questionable mythologies that sometimes characterize the genre. A vivid, sometimes harrowing, but always riveting read." - Karen Joy Fowler

"The Removes is as beautiful a novel as I’ve read in some time. It tells of the nearly unimaginable brutality of western expansion through the stories of two women living in diverse captivities: Libbie, wife of philandering General Custer, and Anne, captured as a girl by the Cheyenne. Tatjana Soli’s writing is spare, lyrical, haunting, and heartbreaking, and countless images from this book will stay with me forever: the harsh majesty of the plains, the 'sheer animal joy' of horses running into battle, and the bravado of Custer’s long, meandering march to his ruin." - Elizabeth McKenzie

"The Removes is a stunning, vivid portrayal of captivity and freedom, and of wars waged on the landscapes and peoples of the American frontier. Tatjana Soli's writing is so visceral and evocative, one feels transported to that moment when history is forged. At once intimate and sweeping, unflinching and compassionate, The Removes is a magnificent read." - Vaddey Ratner

"Tatjana Soli braids a beautiful and harrowing tale of Custer, his wife, and a fifteen-year-old girl held captive out on the western plains. Intimate and panoramic all at once, this is a novel of transformation and self-reliance, a book that powerfully questions what we know of women on the American frontier." - Dominic Smith


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Hardback Editions

July 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Removes (Wheeler Large Print Book)
Author(s): Tatjana Soli
ISBN: 1-4328-5464-X / 978-1-4328-5464-5 (USA edition)
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June 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Removes: A Novel
Author(s): Tatjana Soli
ISBN: 0-374-24931-8 / 978-0-374-24931-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Removes
Author(s): Tatjana Soli
ISBN: 1-250-21503-X / 978-1-250-21503-1 (USA edition)
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June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Removes: A Novel
Author(s): Tatjana Soli
ISBN: 1-4272-9795-9 / 978-1-4272-9795-2 (USA edition)
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Title: The Removes: A Novel
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June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Removes: A Novel
Author(s): Tatjana Soli
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