Black Hills (Paperback)

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As Custer lies dying at the battle of Little Big Horn, his spirit enters Paha Sapa, a young 10-year-old Sioux warrior, who has the power to see the past and the future. Custer is an unwanted tag-along in Paha Sapa's long life, from a boy living in the plains of South Dakota, to setting up dynamite on Mount Rushmore a week before FDR arrives to commemorate the monument. Dan Simmons has once again delivered an amazing novel that is filled with complex characters that illustrate the great change that happens and hinges on this one Sioux man.

— Jason Kennedy

Paha Sapa is a young Sioux warrior standing near Custer when he dies. Custer’s ghost enters Paha Sapa. Paha Sapa’s visions of both the past and the future mix with Custer’s ranting voice to tell a poignant story of American Indians through a time of great change. A beautifully told tale of a charming, lovable character.

— Kay Wosewick


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.

About the Author

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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316006996
ISBN-10: 0316006998
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2011
Pages: 486
Language: English