River People centers around seventeen-year-old Effie and eleven-year-old Bridget in the late 1890's. They must struggle to survive religious patriarchy and abuse at a time when women have few rights and society looks upon domestic abuse as a private, family matter. River People is a story of hidden strength that rises to the surface in even the most unyielding of circumstances.
Margaret Lukas taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the Writers Workshop for over a decade. She received her BFA in 2004 from the University of Nebraska. In 2007, she received her MFA from Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. Her writing appears online and in a number of anthologies. Her award-winning short story, “The Yellow Bird,” was made into a 'short' and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. She is a recipient of a 2009 Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist fellowship. Farthest House is her first novel. Her second novel, River People, is scheduled for release in February 2019.
A label is an idea. A man or a woman reduced to a label can be dismissed in the blink of an eye. Soldier, Negro, Indian, prostitute. Faceless all of them; concepts in a disinterested world.
When they passed towering trees—thankfully few and far between—and her nerves made her grab the shotgun and her black cloth, Rev. Jackdaw lied to her. Told her again how the Injun was completely wiped out. As though he didn’t know that after the Sioux uprising Mr. Lincoln let over two hundred murdering savages go free. Squaws and papooses weren’t even arrested. Lincoln not only spared the noose, he sent the whole murdering bunch to Nebraska. On top of that, the Injun chief, Big Foot, and his band—another mob of murderers—had killed over thirty United States Calvary men right on the Nebraska border. The papooses who escaped that December morning were grown now. Angry too.