Regular contributor Denise Neary is back today with a review of a book you may have missed last year. I know I did. THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF RACHEL DUPREE came out in 2010 and is described by the Chicago Sun Times as “An eye-opening look at the little-explored area of a black frontier woman in the American West.” That gives you some idea – but here’s what Denise had to say:
I loved, loved, loved Ann Weisgarber‘s THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF RACHEL DUPREE.
I don’t know if I would have found it if a friend hadn’t suggested that I read it.
This particular friend has never steered me wrong, but this time his recommendation was: “I think you’d like it.”
Not a lot to go on. But I am so glad he didn’t say more.
If he had told me some of it, in straight facts, would I have gone for it?
A woman so in love with a man she agrees to give him her homestead right so the two can marry and ranch in the badlands? Would have I intuited the strength and the dignity of Rachel? Would I have understood her sense of excitement as she was off to forge her new world? Her fears, her loneliness, her love, as she found herself a wife, a mother?
Rachel and I are very different people, with different circumstances and different motivations. And what is better than a book that, at first blush, seems so different from you, and then regularly reveals continuing truths.
I love Rachel Dupree. I love the author’s story of how she discovered Rachel. And I was excited to see that Viola Davis has optioned rights for a movie.
So, beat the crowd—don’t wait for the movie to be made to find Rachel.
Read it now–and tell me what you think!
As my wise friend told me, I think you will like it!
— Denise Neary, Regular Contributor