Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Year We Were Famous by Carole Estby Dagg

Last spring I went to a local writing conference and met the author of this book.  She is a descendant of the main characters and had a chance to meet Clara before she died.

Imagine that you are a teenage girl in the late 1800s and you want more for your life than marriage and family.  Your family is about to lose the farm and your mother proposes walking from Spokane, Washington to New York City to win a bet of $10,000.  This might be an opportunity to get money for college.

Clara and her mother Helga's relationship is complicated.  Walking together along the rail lines for many months doesn't help.

Carole Estby Dagg does a great job of putting herself in Clara's worn-out boots.  I devoured this story from beginning to end.

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