Book Reviews of True Women

True Women
True Women
Author: Janice Woods Windle
ISBN-13: 9780399138133
ISBN-10: 0399138137
Publication Date: 1/12/1994
Pages: 451
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T)
Book Type: Hardcover
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Filled with tales of the strength and bravery of Texas women, this uneven first novel, a fictionalization of the author's family history, moves from 1831 to 1946. Featuring well-known historical figures as well as members of the King and Woods clans, it is a sort of Gone with the Wind , Texas-style. Windle's pastiche of imaginative language (a community is made of "clapboard and promise") and cliche ("hair black as night") is generally appealing. Her story, while sometimes stilted, has many gripping moments. Euphemia Texas Ashby survives Indian attacks and a flight from the Mexican General Santa Anna, marries William King and wrestles with issues of slavery and women's rights. The victim of prejudice because she's rumored to be part Creek Indian, Georgia Lawshe marries gentle physician Peter Woods. During the Civil War, Georgia is forced to kill a vicious Yankee soldier in her house. In the next generation, another doughty heroine, Bettie Moss, marries William's son Henry King and copes with five siblings and a daughter, the Great Depression and the rise of the Klan in Texas. Each succeeding section of this saga is a bit weaker in force and style, as the author's depiction of her kin gets closer to the present day. Characterization sometimes falls victim to the infusion of dry historial data--yet some events--WW I and the influenza epidemic, for example--are quickly dispatched. Slavery is handled in both admirable and saccharine fashion, but interracial marriage and love affairs are depicted refreshingly. In sum, this Texas-sized read is an unusual, intriguing blend of historical novel and family memoir.
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This book follows the lives of several women as they embark on a new life in Texas as it was forming. A must-read for Texas-lovers....
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More like a historical novel about Texas before it became a state & after.
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I was never able to get past the first chapter. Maybe someone else might enjoy this book.
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For anyone from Texas this is a great book about the women from Texas history and places many Texas would know.