Across the Endless River

Across the Endless River

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, a historical novel about Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea, and his intriguing sojourn as a young man in 1820s Paris.

Born in 1805 on the Lewis and Clark expedition, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau was the son of the expedition's translators, Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau. Across the Endless River compellingly portrays this mixed-blood child's mysterious boyhood along the Missouri among the Mandan tribe and his youth as William Clark's ward in St. Louis. The novel becomes a haunting exploration of identity and passion as eighteen-year-old Baptiste is invited to cross the Atlantic in 1823 with young Duke Paul of Württemberg.

During their travels throughout Europe, Paul introduces Baptiste to a world he never imagined. Gradually, Baptiste senses the limitations of life as an outsider. His passionate affair with Paul's older cousin helps him understand the richness of his heritage and the need to fashion his own future. But it is Maura, the beautiful and independent daughter of a French-Irish wine merchant Baptiste meets in Paris, who most influences his ultimate decision to return to the frontier.

Rich in the details of life in both frontier America and the European court, Across the Endless River is a captivating novel about a man at the intersection of cultures, languages, and customs.

Baker & Taylor
A tale inspired by the life of Sacagawea's son traces his birth during the Lewis and Clark expedition and youth as a ward of William Clark through his travels in Europe, where he is introduced to a profoundly different culture, has a passionate affair, and reevaluates his life on the frontier. By the best-selling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank.

Blackwell North Amer
Born in 1805 on the Lewis and Clark expedition, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau was the son of the Voyage of Discovery's translators, Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau. Across the Endless River evokes the formative years of this mixed-blood child of the frontier, entering the wild and mysterious world of his boyhood along the Missouri. Baptiste is raised both as William Clark's ward in St. Louis and by his parents among the villages of the Mandan tribe on the far northern reaches of the river.
In 1823 eighteen-year-old Baptiste is invited to cross the Atlantic with the young Duke Paul of Wurttemberg, whom he meets on the frontier. During their travels throughout Europe, Paul introduces Baptiste to a world he never imagined. Increasingly, Baptiste confronts the limitations of life as an outsider; only Paul's older cousin, Princess Theresa, understands the richness of his heritage. Their affair is both passionate and tender, but Theresa's cleat-eyed notions of love, marriage, and the need to fashion one's own future push Baptiste to consider what he truly needs. In, Paris he meets Maura Hennesy, the beautiful and independent daughter of a French-Irish wine merchant. Baptiste describes his life on the fast-changing frontier to Maura, and she begins to imagine a different destiny with this enigmatic American. Baptiste ultimately faces a choice: whether to stay in Europe or to return to the wilds of North America. His decision will resonate strongly with those who today find themselves at the intersection of cultures, languages, and customs.

Baker
& Taylor

Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea born during the Lewis and Clark expedition, travels as an eighteen year old to Europe, where he is introduced to a different culture, has an affair, and reevaluates his life on the frontier.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385529778
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 308 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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geezr_rdr Aug 08, 2013

An easy read and well written, but Carhart writes more about post Napoleon Europe (Paris in particular) than about the American indian world after Lewis and Clark, and I was hoping for more insight on the latter.

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