The End Of Forever: The Story Of Mekinges And William Conner by Denise Page Caraher is a novel for young adults, based upon a libretto written by the author, which in turn draws upon history, thought with some fictionalized characters and accounts. Set in the early nineteenth century, The End Of Forever is the story of a marriage between Indian scout William Conner and Mekinges, the daughter of a Lenape Delaware chief. They pledged to love each other forever; but Conner broke his promise when the encroaching press of settlers drove the Indians from their homeland. A profound story of love, greed, and the expansion of the American frontier. An epilogue adds the conclusion of history to this involving yet tragic tale.
James A. Cox
Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review
"The End of Forever is quite simply a superb book that, once started, I could not put down. Denise Caraher has captured the essence of a true love story and its sad ending, while maintaining historical integrity and sensitivity for the Lenni Lenape and their culture. It is refreshing when a writer is faithful to the truth of what was a very sad chapter in our nation's history, and I commend the author for her objectivity and passion."
Mahkwa Neehinita (Singing Bear)
Eagle Clan of the Meshingamesia Band of Miami of Indiana
Distinguished Professor of Music in Voice at Indiana University
"The novel, The End of Forever, is a wonderful resource for teaching about life on America's frontier, focusing on the cultural clashes which ripped apart the marriage of William Conner and his Indian wife, Mekinges. The book is accurate, appealing, and relevant to any study of Native American culture or the American West."
International School of Indiana
Former Illinois Teacher of the Year
"This informative and absorbing tale gives readers a fascinating glimpse into the customs of the Delaware Indians, their reverence of the earth and their interactions with the newly arrived white man. Denise Page Caraher provides accurate historical context in this fictionalized work while illustrating how human nature and transient human emotions span all times and cultures. A must read for anyone interested in history, Native American spirituality, or Indiana. Early adolescent through adult readers will enjoy this finely written novel."z
Dr. Concetta Raimondi
Superintendent of Hamilton Southeastern Schools