A Thousand Moons

A Thousand Moons Book Summary

A dazzling new novel about memory and identity set in Paris, Tennessee in the aftermath of the American Civil War from the Booker Prize shortlisted author Sebastian Barry.

Winona Cole, an orphaned child of the Lakota Indians, finds herself growing up in an unconventional household on a farm in West Tennessee. Raised by her adoptive father John Cole and his brother-in-arms Thomas McNulty, this odd little family scrapes a living on Lige Magan’s farm with the help two freed slaves, the Bougereau siblings. They try to keep the brutal outside world at bay, along with their memories of the past. But Tennessee is a state still riven by the bitter legacy of the civil war and when first Winona and then Tennyson Bouguereau are violently attacked by forces unknown, Colonel Purton raises the Militia to quell the rebels and night-riders who are massing on the outskirts of town. Armed with a knife, Tennyson’s borrowed gun and the courage of her famous warrior mother Winona decides to take matters into her own hands and embarks on a quest for justice which will uncover the dark secrets of her past and finally reveal to her who she really is. Exquisitely written and thrumming with the irrepressible spirit of a young girl on the brink of adulthood, A Thousand Moons is a glorious story of love and redemption.

Title:A Thousand Moons
Edition Language:English



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  • Paromjit

    A heartrending and moving historical novel from the talented Sebastian Barry, written with his trademark vibrant, lyrical and sublime prose, set amidst the unsettling and disturbing repercussions of t...

  • Ceecee

    This is the beautifully told story of Winona Cole or to give her Lakota name - Ojinjintka. It’s 1870’s Tennessee, torn apart by the destruction of the Civil War and not healing well. It’s danger...

  • Dem

    2.5 Stars Sebastian Barry is a master of prose and story and having loved the majority of his novels I was eager to get my hands on A Thousand Moons and the sequel to Days Without End. Unfortunately ...

  • Debra

    "I come from the saddest story that ever was on the earth. " Ojinjintka, now known as Winona Cole, is an orphaned child of the Lakota Indians. She is now being raised in an unconventional home on a...

  • Meike

    Part 2 of Sebastian Barry's award-winning masterpiece Days Without End is told by Winona Cole, the adopted daughter of Thomas McNulty (narrator of part 1) and the love of his life, John Cole. Short re...

  • Marchpane

    “I had the wound of being a lost child. Thing was it was they that healed me, Thomas McNulty and John Cole. They had done their damnedest I guess. So they both gave me the wound and healed it, which...

  • Carolyn

    Following on from Days Without End, 'A Thousand Moons' is told from Winona's point of view. With the end of the American civil war John Cole and Thomas McNulty have left their fighting (and theatrical...

  • Gumble's Yard

    Another story she told was one she called The Fall. A great sickness had come to us, she said, a thousand moons ago. Almost everyone died. They fell down and just hours later were dead. Oh, how we ...

  • Peter Boyle

    Sebastian Barry's previous novel caught me by surprise. I wasn't expecting to like Days Without End so much, but its tale of love and war on the American plains really stirred my emotions. I was more ...

  • Chadwick

    By way of preamble, I should say that DAYS WITHOUT END blew me away. It was entirely original and deeply moving. Sebastian Barry created a whole world and inhabited it with remarkable characters. I en...