Black Hills

A Novel
By Dan Simmons (Mass Market, 2011)
Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, first encounters General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at Little Bighorn. He believes--as do the holy men of his tribe--that the legendary general's ghost entered him at that moment and will remain with him until Sapa convinces him to leave.

In BLACK HILLS, Dan Simmons weaves the stories of Paha Sapa and Custer together seamlessly, depicting a violent and tumultuous time in the history of Native Americans and the United States Army. Haunted by the voice of the general his people called "Long Hair," Paha Sapa lives a long life, driven by a dramatic vision he experiences in the Black Hills that are his tribe's homeland. As an explosives worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, he may finally be rid of his ghosts--on the very day FDR comes to South Dakota to dedicate the Jefferson face.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Mass Market

    • Price: $9.99 US/$10.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316186650

    • On Sale Date: 12/01/2011

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Reagan Arthur / Little, Brown

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Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, first encounters General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at Little Bighorn. He believes--as do the holy men of his tribe--that the legendary general's ghost entered him at that moment and will remain with him until Sapa convinces him to leave.

In BLACK HILLS, Dan Simmons weaves the stories of Paha Sapa and Custer together seamlessly, depicting a violent and tumultuous time in the history of Native Americans and the United States Army. Haunted by the voice of the general his people called "Long Hair," Paha Sapa lives a long life, driven by a dramatic vision he experiences in the Black Hills that are his tribe's homeland. As an explosives worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, he may finally be rid of his ghosts--on the very day FDR comes to South Dakota to dedicate the Jefferson face.

Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Terror and Drood. He lives in Colorado. Visit www.dansimmons.com.

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  • Praise for BLACK HILLS:

    "Simmons...displays the impressive breath of his imagination in this historical novel with a supernatural slant...In his ability to create complex characters and pair them with suspenseful situations, Simmons stands almost unmatched among his contemporaries." (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)).

  • "Simmons does physical distress better than anyone... [An] insanely prolific, multi-genre writer...Black Hills is so research-driven that you can almost imagine the author as an intricate, jerry-rigged device designed to suck in historical data at one end and spray out fictional narrative at the other." (The Washington Post).

  • "I would follow Simmons to the ends of the earth-which is fortunate, because often that's just where he takes us...Simmons is a wonder." (Chicago Tribune).

  • "If you have not read Dan Simmons, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of BLACK HILLS, the total-immersion storyteller's new novel of the American frontier." (San Antonio Express-News).

  • "Simmons keeps the tale buoyant with his evocative prose and storytelling muscle." (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "Scrupulously researched...[Simmons'] resolution of Paha Sapa's dilemma...is a brilliant stroke in this thoroughly absorbing, mystical work." (The Dallas Morning News).

  • "Simmons, an astonishing literary jack-of-all-trades, continues to surprise and delight with a rich mix of history and virtuoso storytelling." (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • PRAISE FOR DROOD:

    "Richly imagined . . . big in size, big in scope, big in audacity and verve...Simmons blends facts of the Dickens and Collins biographies with graphic details about life in Victorian London. The result is a spellbinding tale, bold and sly and so steeped in the filigree of this era that it seems to have been written just after a séance during which both of the authors were present--and more than happy to supply details." (Chicago Tribune).

  • "Simmons, a master of otherworldly suspense, cleverly explores envy's corrosive effects." (The New Yorker).

  • "DROOD is a stunning exercise in misdirection, one that keeps the reader perpetually off balance until the last sentence." (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • "Extravagant, even exhilarating." (Los Angeles Times).

  • "The plot of DROOD is so tantalizing that it's tempting to speed through, but that would be to miss the wonderful writing that infuses each page with the aura of an era. One would think that Dickens himself would have devoured DROOD, recognizing in Simmons a truly masterful storyteller." (New York Daily News).

  • "Writing a good suspense novel can be like trying to steer a runaway train. That Simmons manages to make this particular train jump off and on the tracks at will, resulting in a wild, rollercoaster-like ride with a satisfying flourish at the novel's end, is testament to his continuing powers as a writer. DROOD is a powerful locomotive of a novel that should be riding high on best-seller lists this year." (Denver Post).

  • "A dazzling journey through a crooked, gaslit labyrinth and a tenebrous portraiture of the tortured minotaurs that dwell within. Genius is the true mystery, and at its edge-the abyss."

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Black Hills
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $9.99 US/$10.99 CAN
  • Pages: 640
  • Physical Dimensions: 4-3/16" x 7-1/2"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316186650
  • On Sale Date: 12/01/2011
Black Hills