Talking Leaf

The Nantucket Diary of Sarah Skootequary

by Phil Laughing Crow Austin



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/27/2002

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 652
ISBN : 9781664155954
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 652
ISBN : 9781401075231

About the Book

August 1763. A brig bound for New York suddenly diverts its course into shallow Nantucket waters near the entrance to the Old Harbor, which has recently shoaled over. The fever ship, local history books tell us, laden with sick and dying Irish immigrants to the New World, is forced to anchor offshore. One by one, the frightened passengers make their way to the beach and into the village. Within several days, the first islanders lie infected and dying. By January three-quarters of the island’s Indian population, 222 people, mostly elders, women, and children, are dead. It is a plague of biblical proportions. Mysteriously, no whites succumb. So begins the familiar tale. Undisputed local lore? Or massive cover-up? Now, for the first time, told through the diary of Sarah Skootequary, eyewitness, the answer to what really happened that tragic summer of 1763.

About the Author

Phil Laughing Crow Austin has lived on Nantucket Island for the past twenty years with his wife Ursula, son Robin, and an alarming number of tame animals. His magical realism tales of angels, aliens, and the everyday saints among us all speak of the inevitable goodness of humankind. His first novel, On Bethel Ridge, was hailed as a ‘sharply etched tale reaching across cultures with a universal spirituality.’