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MA Liberal Studies Program


Gene Farrington discussed his book, The Blue Heron and the nature of postmodern fiction.

Is it possible that “opech” could indeed be the fabled chief who led the Jamestown massacre of 1622, in which one-quarter of the English settlers were killed in the Native Americans’ attempt to force them to leave Virginia?


This is just the first of many ques­tions that crop up in the beginning chapters of The Blue Heron. There are others: How does Opecancanough know that Molly’s last name is Sharpe? And why does the main character in d’Ersby’s novel, David Sharpe, have the same name as Molly’s deceased father, who was descended from those original Jamestown settlers?