William Klaber has created a complicated and heartbreaking heroine, or do I mean hero? Whether Lucy is living as a man or a woman, working as a music teacher or a hired gun, I was utterly absorbed in her adventures. A wonderful debut. (Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street and The Flight of Gemma Hardy)
A superb novel. I feel as if I have walked through 19th century America at Lucy's side, celebrated and grieved with her. Klaber tells the story of her adventures with grace and invisible artistry. This is beautiful retelling of a remarkable story, and a fitting tribute to its subject. (Imogen Robertson, author of The Paris Winter)
So dead-on it's uncanny . . . an early contender for the year's 'best' lists. (Booklist, starred review)
An important book that will take its rightful place in the annals of quality historical fiction. (Library Journal, starred review)
A personal narrative about the freedom to live outside the box into which even the unruly frontier wanted to put her . . . a becoming, a mind trying to grasp its own identity and build a life in the face of an uncomprehending world. (Historical Novel Society)
Deeply satisfying historical novel (New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
The farmhouse he bought with his wife, Jean, in 1980 had a history with Lucy's legend, but he didn't know that till years later when he sat down for breakfast with a longtime local historian who told him Lucy's story and showed him a leather satchel filled with recollections, newspaper articles, and letters about her, gathered over the years. In this collection was a copy of a self-written account of Lucy's early life that the historian had found in an unmarked box in a library basement.
Despite his continued searching, the historian never found the memoir that Lucy had promised to write. Explaining that he had always thought to write a book of his own about Lucy but no longer felt up to it, the historian then handed the satchel to the author.