North American Book Award for Historical Fiction
Independent Publishers Book Award
ON A HUMID MORNING IN 1806, seventeen-year-old Susanna Quiner watches helplessly from behind a tree while a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead from Swamp Fever and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna rashly decides to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman’s quest to save her sisters and the parallel story of her sisters’ new lives.
Fast-paced and richly detailed, Thieving Forest explores the transformation of all five women as the Quiners contend with starvation, slavery, betrayal, and love. It paints a fascinating new picture of pioneer life among Native American communities, while telling a gripping tale of survival.
“The scope of this old-fashioned pioneer adventure yarn is also impressive, and the full arc of Conway’s characters’ development, combined with a satisfying ending, is memorable.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
“Conway’s historical novel features prose as rich as its characters.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“The depths of the issues considered, the wealth of historical detail, the realistic descriptions of the never ending forests and the creatures living there, and the actual story line all combine to make Thieving Forest a great read.”
– Reader’s Favorite
“A gripping journey [and] a powerful tale of sisterhood and survival.”
– San Jose Mercury News
“Intensely observant, unsentimental but full of emotion, THIEVING FOREST paints a raw picture of pioneer life.”
– Beverly Swerling, author of Bristol House
“Thieving Forest is the gripping story of Susannah Quiner’s quest to find and recover her sisters, kidnapped as part of a plot against the family, all struggling to survive in the unforgiving wilderness that was 19th century Ohio. The interwoven tales of each sister – and Susannah’s search through the vast forest and swamp that once bordered Lake Erie – are told in fast-paced prose that vividly portrays the timeless challenges and choices of life both then and now.”
– Alice K. Boatwright, author of Under an English Heaven