Sand in a Whirlwind is a dramatic account of the events surrounding hostilities between settlers and Pyramid Paiutes in the spring of 1860. Thirty years after its publication Ferol Egan’s now classic tale continues to enlighten and engage readers.
“In this excellently researched and beautifully written book, Ferol Egan has been able to successfully do a very difficult thing—combine reliable historical fact with his own philosophy and sympathy for the Indians. . . . This is a fine example of a brilliant writer taking a historical event and, by vivid description of the climate and geography and by an imaginative but realistic characterization of the leaders of both the Indians and the whites, giving the historical event new meaning and significance.” —Pacific Historian~Pacific Historian
“Their tragic story is vividly told with perspective, awareness, sympathy, balance, and honesty. Whether describing nature, major characters, or action, Egan authoritatively conveys judgment without being hypercritical, sympathy without being biased, and drama without being histrionic. Making the difficult seem facile and intertwining the intricacies of a complex war in a masterful fashion, he presents a brilliant examination of both sides of a neglected chapter in the history of the white conquest of the Indians.” —Library Journal~Library Journal
“Egan created a novel based on historical facts, then strengthened the fiber with lifelike fiction. He succeeded in weaving his story on a balance wheel of good and bad to place the Pyramid Paiutes in a stronger, more peaceful light. One century too late.” —Jack Fleming, Ely Daily Times~Jack Fleming, Ely Daily Times
“Sand in a Whirlwind is a tragic story, yet told with sympathy, vividness and honesty. This is Nevada history and if you have not read this book, I urge you to do so. If you have read it, I urge you to reread it.” —Mary Crawford, Nevada State Museum Newsletter~Mary Crawford, Nevada State Museum Newsletter