Interview with Lenora Rain-Lee Good
Madame Dorion: Her Journey to the Oregon Country—historically accurate with fun-filled fiction. The fact that the fiction is clearly identifiable was one of the things that attracted me to this book when I first read it. The book is written in the form of a journaling the delineation between fact and fiction is shown by the form of the dates at the top of each entry. It does not intrude on the flow of the story, and the reader need not ever referred to it. The historical facts were, in part, gleaned from reading the actual journals of several of the men who were on the expedition.
Marie Dorion was an incredibly strong woman who made the trip from Saint Louis, Missouri to the Oregon Country in 1811, shortly after the Lewis and Clark expedition. She may even have met Sacagawea, and the two women had much in common. One of the differences—Marie Dorion not only made this perilous journey with two young children. Some of the journey was made in the relative luxury of a canoe or on horseback, but much of it was on foot. She carried the youngest on her hip, and another in her womb for much of the journey.
This is a book that will keep you turning pages as you learn the dangers and hardships Marie endured, along with her husband and young children.
Madame Dorion: Her Journey to the Oregon Country by Lenora Rain-Lee Good is available from S&H Publishing.