Blood to Rubies
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"A sweeping saga told with crushing intimacy and rock-ribbed characters. . . layered between love and war."
-KATHLEEN GRISSOM, New York Times Best-selling Author of The Kitchen House and Crow Mary
"The world needs to know this heroic story of Chief Joseph and his struggle to save his people."
-PETER BUFFETT, Composer of Oscar-Winning Dances with Wolves Fire Dance scene and Emmy
Award-Winning 500 Nations and Author of the New York Times Best-selling Life Is What You Make It
" A spellbinding debut . . . both gritty and lush . . . impossible to put down."
-LESLEY KAGEN, New York Times Best-selling Author of Every Now and Then and nine other novels
"Deborah Hufford's brilliant debut novel presents a lyrical, sweeping tale of cultures destined to collide, made personal and very, very human through characters who embody dignity, hope, aspiration and the heartbreak of deep loss. Blood to Rubies will raise a reader's heart, break it, then raise it again with an artist's subtle touch. This book is memorable, its characters vibrant, and its message as current today as it was when this story unfolded. It merits multiple readings, careful thought and a place on a library's highest shelf.
-GREG FIELDS, Author, Through the Waters and the Wild 2022 Winner, Independent Press Award for Literary Fiction
"Blood to Rubies takes you on Chief Joseph's epic journey through the most rugged terrain on the planet. The book is so real and so powerful, you feel as if you are riding with Joseph's band in 1877."
-SANDRA BRONCHEAU-McFARLAND, Chief Administrator of the Nez Perce National Trail and Nez Perce Tribal Member
"As a Nez Perce elder who has been on the Chief Joseph Annual Trail Ride
nearly thirty times, retracing the exodus of Joseph and our people, I can attest to the crucial importance of that historic event in Nez Perce culture.Some youth in our Chief Joseph Foundation programs ride this trail as a rite of passage Blood to Rubies does justice to this saga and to the bravery of our people."
-BONNIE EWING, Nez Perce Elder, Founding Board Member of Chief Joseph Foundation, Mentor to Tribal Youth, and Descendant of the Nez Perce Chief Twisted Hair who saved Lewis and Clark from starvation and freezing to death in the Bitterroot Mountains in 1805
"Blood to Rubies is spectacularly reminiscent of Dances with Wolves in its powerful depictions of the land and Native Americans'
sacred relationship to Nature. It breaks your heart. We are inspired to understand why the earth is so precious to Native Americans and why it should be to us all."
-GARY KELLER, Location Scout for Oscar-winning Dances with Wolves and Kevin Costner's Emmy Award-winning 500 Nations and Founding South Dakota Film Commissioner