Sunday, March 20, 2011
The Daughter's Walk By: Jane Kirkpatrick
Product Description: A mother's tragedy, a daughter's desire and the 7000 mile journey that changed their lives.
In 1896 Norwegian American Helga Estby accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City within seven months in an effort to earn $10,000. Bringing along her nineteen year-old daughter Clara, the two made their way on the 3500-mile trek by following the railroad tracks and motivated by the money they needed to save the family farm. After returning home to the Estby farm more than a year later, Clara chose to walk on alone by leaving the family and changing her name. Her decisions initiated a more than 20-year separation from the only life she had known.
Historical fiction writer Jane Kirkpatrick picks up where the fact of the Estbys’ walk leaves off to explore Clara's continued journey. What motivated Clara to take such a risk in an era when many women struggled with the issues of rights and independence? And what personal revelations brought Clara to the end of her lonely road? The Daughter's Walk weaves personal history and fiction together to invite readers to consider their own journeys and family separations, to help determine what exile and forgiveness are truly about.
I loved this book, it was a wonderful read. History was found throughout the book. The whole story is based on fact, and made more entertaining with the added fiction...or was it. I do know that a high price was paid for the walk, both monetarily and in lives.
What a amazing true adventure Helga and Clara had. I cannot even imagine walking all that way. I loved that the book included and epilogue...adding to the story. It also has the wonderful inclusion of the Author's Notes...wow!
Don't miss this amazing book, and I am so glad that I chose to read it!
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