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The Jump-Off Creek by Molly Gloss
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Dec 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010-2011-winter-challenge, fiction, historical-fiction, oregon, pioneers
Read in December, 2010

Another good look at the hard life of women who chose to work in early days of pioneering Oregon.
Lydia takes up homesteading after her husband dies. She buys a broken-down claim and works hard to make something of it. Although women alone are unusual here, everybody has to work hard--the land and the economic circumstances dictate that the soft are weeded out.
Gloss writes of people who work hard physically, who are not necessarily socially adept, who take little time for introspection. It is a compelling story of way life used to be for many of our ancestors.
If you like The Hearts of Horses, you will probably like this one.
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