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The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley
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Jul 05, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, western, historical-fiction, female-authors
Read in July, 2009 — I own a copy

Lydia Newton never fit in among her sisters and their families in Illinois. Strong-willed and a little wild, she preferred shooting guns and running through the fields with her young cousin Frank to the drawing-room discussions and housework. Her life drastically changed when she met her future husband, an abolitionist, Thomas Newton. Soon after they married, they were off to Kansas Territory and a new life together.

There is tragedy, love, and hardship in this story of the early west and the struggle between abolitionist and pro-slave forces. The story is made all the more enjoyable as told from the perspective of Lidie. Although this isn't a book I would typically pick up myself -- and there were some slow parts -- overall I enjoyed reading it.

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06/07/2009 page 98
06/15/2009 page 186
38.75% "I love strong-willed, unique female characters wise before their time."
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