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Author: Nevada Barr
Award-winning author Nevada Barr reveals another side to her remarkable storytelling prowess with this heart-wrenching yet tender tale of two women whose boundless devotion to each other is continually challenged in nineteenth century America. — Barr tells an extraordinary story of two women in the Old West, (who are) not only pioneers but lo...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380799503
ISBN-10: 0380799502
Publication Date: 9/1/1999
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 60 ratings
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 5
Interesting book about two women whose devotion to one another lasted many years, and caused them many problems.

Not at all "smutty" or sensationalized, just a simple love story.
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Helpful Score: 4
Well-written and touching story of two women surviving together in the Old West. A departure from Nevada Barr's usual books. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Two women in the Old West struggle with their lives and their relationship.
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This book is NOT an Anna Pigeon novel. It is unique. I did wonder throughout the book whether the two heroines would be implicated and thought it would be a much stronger story if they were not. And I was rewarded. The book is an outstanding illustration of the problems women faced in the 19th century, and shows a rather unique solution to an otherwise impossible problem that should never have occurred. Whether we want to admit it or not, women have come a long way in the United States, and it is now possible to function as adults, while in the era of this setting, it was not. There are a few interesting twists. It is said this is based on women's diaries from the era, and I can well imagine.

The book also illustrates the way in which a husband's cruelty was more or less taken for granted by most wives, who were powerless to resist. It does not paint a particularly accurate picture of a true Christian husband, though there is some hint that the cruel husbands at least claimed to confess the Christian faith. From reading nearly all of this author's books I am aware she is not totally knowledgeable and could profit from doing a bit more homework. Her bias is mild, but it shows. Not bad for a first novel, overall.
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A must read


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