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ISBN13: 9781400074297
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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.

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"Nineteen-year-old Clara Estby is hauled by her mother, Helga, on a 7,000-mile walk from Spokane, Wash., to New York in 1896. The fashion industry is looking for promotion of the new, shorter dress for women; Helga is looking for a ,000 prize to save the family farm from foreclosure. The historically factual walk is only the first half of the book; the rest follows Clara after she leaves her family, becomes a businesswoman, and makes her way as times change for women at the turn of the century. Kirkpatrick has done impeccable homework, and what she recreates and what she imagines are wonderfully seamless. Readers see the times, the motives, the relationships that produce a chain of decisions and actions, all rendered with understatement. Kirkpatrick is a master at using fiction to illuminate history's truths. This beautiful and compelling work of historical fiction deserves the widest possible audience. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning author of 17 novels and 3 non-fiction titles, including the 2010 WILLA Literary Award winner, A Flickering Light, and her latest, The Daughter's Walk.  A Mental Health professional, she brings her interest in healing and inspiring the human spirit into researching and writing about the lives of actual historical men and women. For twenty-six years, she and her husband Jerry ranched in a remote and rugged section of Eastern Oregon, where she discovered her own homesteading story. She has spoken internationally about the power of story in our lives and is a frequent retreat, conference, and keynote speaker. She and her husband now live with two dogs and a cat on their small acreage near Bend, Oregon.   

 

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FlowerGirl, January 31, 2012 (view all comments by FlowerGirl)
Great new historical fiction by Jane Kirkpatrick recounts the story of the Estby women who walked across America to save their farm. Tells the missing story of what happened to them later. Good read!
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AFBarton, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by AFBarton)
A beautifully written story of the 1896 walk from Spokane to New York City by a mother and daughter trying to save their farm; and the journey the daughter took in life upon return. I couldn't put it down.
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Ann Reed, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Ann Reed)
The Daughter's Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick is one of those stories that enters snippets into your thoughts long after you have found a place on your bulging bookshelves to put it away. The relationships and dynamics within the family and especially between Mother and Daughter are well developed and cause one to pause to look at their own relationships. The story of getting to the East Coast is full of twists and turns, literally and figuratively; you feel their triumphs and frustrations, always wondering if they will make the journey in time. Understanding the rippling effects of their walk and how it flowed throughout the future of The Daughter will keep you wondering, "what if" for a long time....
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400074297
Author:
Kirkpatrick, Jane
Publisher:
Waterbrook Press
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 in 0.75 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Nineteen-year-old Clara Estby is hauled by her mother, Helga, on a 7,000-mile walk from Spokane, Wash., to New York in 1896. The fashion industry is looking for promotion of the new, shorter dress for women; Helga is looking for a ,000 prize to save the family farm from foreclosure. The historically factual walk is only the first half of the book; the rest follows Clara after she leaves her family, becomes a businesswoman, and makes her way as times change for women at the turn of the century. Kirkpatrick has done impeccable homework, and what she recreates and what she imagines are wonderfully seamless. Readers see the times, the motives, the relationships that produce a chain of decisions and actions, all rendered with understatement. Kirkpatrick is a master at using fiction to illuminate history's truths. This beautiful and compelling work of historical fiction deserves the widest possible audience. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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