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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Niglíču: She Comes Out Alive - A Story of Wounded Knee is a novel in the historical fiction, interpersonal drama, and sociocultural writing subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author team Florence D'Angelo and Paul Oscar Wybrant, this poignant and gripping narrative is set during a pivotal moment in history, namely the Wounded Knee massacre of 1890. The story revolves around our protagonist, Niglíču, a young Lakȟóta girl who witnesses the tragic events of Wounded Knee and survives, albeit traumatized.
Author team Florence D'Angelo and Paul Oscar Wybrant have crafted a truly gripping historical work that perfectly blends and balances fact and fiction, offering a unique perspective on the massacre through the eyes of Niglíču. Her journey is heartrending and intense, and readers will find themselves deeply immersed in her world thanks to the close attention paid to her narrative, emotion, and thought presentation. The rich storytelling, sprinkled with Indigenous words and language, adds authenticity and depth to the book whilst also developing more cultural awareness and educating its audience. One of the standout features for me personally was the novel’s portrayal of hope and reconciliation. It explores the power of love and understanding as two vastly different men - Niglíču's warrior grandfather and a Jesuit priest - come together to support her. This message of unity and resilience is especially timely in today's divided world. Overall, Niglíču is a testament to the enduring human spirit and the capacity for healing and forgiveness. It's a story that lingers in your thoughts long after you've finished reading, reminding us of the importance of empathy and connection in a world marked by division, and I, for one, would highly recommend it.