Discover the Struggles of a Forward-Thinking Colonial Woman in “Flight of the Sparrows”
Amy Belding Brown’s novel Flight of the Sparrows is a compelling tale that is based on the true story of an early English Puritan who lived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The year is 1676 and Mary Rowlandson is the wife of a Puritan preacher. Even though she’s a loving mother to her three children, Rowlandson often feels stifled by the tyrannical social mores of her village. However, her life is turned upside down when a group of Native Americans attack the town of Lancaster. Rowlandson and her three children are taken captive by a local tribe. With one child wounded and the other two taken to a neighboring tribe as captives, Rowlandson believes that all hope is lost.
Slowly but surely, a man named James Printer who speaks English helps her assimilate into the tribe and the two become close friends. Rowlandson even winds up changing her mind about the Native Americans and praises their way of life, which causes her to feel like an outcast when she eventually returns to her husband. Brown also makes sure to point out how much the Native Americans suffered at the hands of the English and how the colonists’ actions still have repercussions that are going on even today.
As a whole, Flight of the Sparrows is a fascinating historical novel that builds sympathy for the Native Americans and the horrors they suffered at the hands of the English colonists.