"You"ll be brushed up away by the passion and also power that this remarkable, trailblazing woman that risked every little thing to follow her very own heart." – Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author"An epic page-turner." Christina Baker Kline Named ideal Fiction Writer in the Austin Chronicle"s "Austin"s ideal 2018"Named one of Lone Star literary Life"s "Top 20 Texas books of 2018"The compelling, covert story the Cathy Williams, a previous slave and also the just woman to ever before serve with the legend Buffalo Soldiers.“Here’s the very first thing you must know about Miss Cathy Williams: i am the daughter that a daughter that a queen and my mama never let me forget it.”Though born into bondage on a “miserable tobacco farm” in small Dixie, Missouri, Cathy Williams was never allowed to consider herself a slave. Follow to she mother, she to be a captive, destined by she noble warrior blood to escape the enemy. Her opportunity at flexibility presents itself v the arrival of Union basic Phillip Henry “Smash ‘em Up” Sheridan, the outcast the West suggest who takes the rawboned, prideful young woman right into service. In ~ war’s end, having actually tasted freedom, Cathy refuses to return to servitude and makes the monumental decision come disguise herself as a man and join the Army’s legendary Buffalo Soldiers. Alone now in the can be fried man’s world, Cathy must fight not only for her survival and freedom, but she likewise vows to never give up top top finding she mother, her tiny sister, and the love of the just man strong enough to victory her heart. Motivated by the stunning, true story of personal Williams, this American heroine pertains to vivid life in a sweeping and magnificent tale around one woman’s fight for freedom, respect and also independence.

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SARAH BIRD’s previous novel, over the east China Sea, was long-listed because that the Dublin worldwide Literary Award. Sarah has actually been selected for the Meryl Streep Screenwriting Lab, the B&N Discover good Writers program, NPR"s Moth Radio series, the Texas Literary room of Fame, and brand-new York Libraries books to remember list. She first heard Cathy Williams" story in the so late seventies while researching African-American rodeos.

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