In 1607, three ships arrive on the coast of Virginia to establish Jamestown Colony. One girl’s life—and the lives of her people—are changed forever.
To Pocahontas and her people, the Tidewater is the rightful home of the Powhatan tribe. To England, it is Virginia Territory, fertile with promise, rich with silver and gold. As Jamestown struggles to take root, John Smith knows that the only hope for survival lies with the Powhatan people. He knows, too, that they would rather see the English starve than yield their homeland to invaders. In the midst of this conflict, Pocahontas, the daughter of the great chief, forges an unlikely friendship with Smith. Their bond preserves a wary peace—but control can rest only in one nation’s hands. When that peace is broken, Pocahontas must choose between power and servitude—between self and sacrifice—for the sake of her people and her land.
Terrific historical details, rich characters... [a] nuanced tale... It might be the best novel of early American history, that I have ever read.
-Michael Wallace, author of The Righteous
Tidewater is a sweeping story, incredibly detailed, wonderfully alive... . What impresses me most about this novel is the author's talent for drilling deep into the head of the characters, bringing to life their feelings, secrets, and most private thoughts. Truly, this is a beautiful book.
-The History and Women blog
As a discerning reader, Tidewater took my breath away... one of the most beautiful, expressive novels I have read."
-Inge H. Borg, author of Khamsin
This book just blew me away. ...Hawker's writing [has] taken a quantum leap... . This is a writer of genuine skill.
-Richard Coady, author of The Maya Papyrus