Item description for Prairie Stars by Lori Thompson...
Assumption was a sleepy village on the South Dakota prairie in 1894 when a priest with unusual healing abilities was assigned to the local church. For Theresa Marten, taking the job of housekeeping at the parsonage was a way to escape the boredom of the farm. To her surprise, Father Wingen had been involved in the patent medicine business before he came to Assumption. He continued to make patent medicine after he arrived and built a large laboratory and sanitarium despite those who questioned his validity. Prairie Stars is a story about Theresa Marten and her involvement in Assumption as it became a medical boomtown.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Dec 4, 2007
Publisher Egress Books
ISBN 1933435194 ISBN13 9781933435190
Reviews - What do customers think about Prairie Stars?
Lori Thompson at her best! Dec 22, 2007
Before the medical profession was licensed and regulated, many doctors and healers practiced their own individual brand of medicine. Prairie Stars is the story of a doctor/priest who, in the early 1900s, established a large laboratory and sanitarium in a small South Dakota town. It also tells the story of a young woman who left the farm to work for and with him.
Historical Fiction: the American heartland at the turn-of-the-century Dec 13, 2007
Thompson's Prairie Stars gives a rare and unusual glimpse into the midwestern prairie at the turn-of-the-century. It was a time when sod shanties were being replaced by small villages and centuries-old medical lore was being replaced by medical science. Historical fiction writers take note: we want to hear more of this time and place!
Times - they are changing Nov 25, 2007
Lori captured the attitudes and values of the German immigrant population in the great plains around 1900. While developing her characters, she tells an interesting story of American medicine, life on the prairie, and religion. In her story, Lori takes her character through many challenges, dealing with forces of nature, rapidly changing technology, and the evolving rules of government and church. Her story is a very credible portrait of a young woman who survives much turmoil around her.
great read! Oct 27, 2007
Prarie stars is a fascinating story about the early roots of medicine...and the changing from old herbal ways to modern medicine. It is the story of a brilliant yet controversial doctor/priest and the transformation of early South Dakota Homesteaders into more modern times.....and in the process revealing the changing of human thought processes and preudices, and the strength of the human spirit. A great read!