"In late summer Line told him she was two months along. Another mouth to feed. And besides, she said, forty-three was too old. She said it would be a melon-head or all crippled up or have a hare-lip because God must be angry with them because look what had already happened this year."I moved to St. Louis this week, and a woman I met two days ago has already let me borrow this book so I can discuss it with her book club in about three weeks. The first lines make me want to continue reading, and so does this summary of the story:
In pioneer Nebraska, a woman leads where no man will go. This devastating story of 1850s pioneers in the American West celebrates the ones we rarely hear about — the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy — ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable, and resourceful. Brave as she is, Mary Bee knows she cannot succeed alone. The only companion she can find is the low-life claim jumper George Briggs. Thus begins a trek east, against the tide of colonization, against hardship, Indian attacks, ice storms, and loneliness.I like reading about indomitable women. Okay, Mary Bee Cuddy, let's see how you deal with frontier life.
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