Magpie's Blanket

A Novel
By Kimberly D. Schmidt



Finalist in the WILLA Literacy Awards Historical Fiction category

In this thoughtful novel Kimberly D. Schmidt brings to life the history of Plains Indian women and the white invasion—an account not solely of violence and bloodshed but also of healing and forgiveness. Magpie’s Blanket begins with the story of a young Southern Cheyenne woman who survived the horrific Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 only to witness a second attack on her people at the Washita Massacre in 1868. Through the memories of three generations of Cheyenne people, the novel recounts the events of the massacres and the century-late reconciliation after the townspeople’s misguided attempt to re-create the “battle” of the Washita with descendants of US soldiers.

Subjects: Fiction

Contributor Bios
Kimberly D. Schmidt, director of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center and professor of history at Eastern Mennonite University, is the coeditor of Strangers at Home: Amish and Mennonite Women in History.