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Hoosier Woman: A Novel Based on the Life, Times, and Legacy of Miriam Coulter Pence 1865-1917 Paperback – March 23, 2012

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About the Author

Author Sylvia Duncan was born and raised in Indiana. She is a graduate of Indiana University and has dedicated more than two decades to teaching English on the high school level in Indiana, Michigan, and Colorado. Her recent retirement allowed her the time to delve into genealogical research. Her great-grandmother had always been revered in the tales her mother had told her, so Duncan began her family research with this interesting woman. A whole new world of Miriam Coulter Pence's life and times opened up for the author, and the story needed to be told of an era in American history that deserves to be remembered. Hoosier Woman is the author's debut novel. She lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with her husband of 42 years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147503279X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475032796
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,286,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book out of curiosity because it was written by a childhood friend, Sylvia Duncan, and because I, too, am a Hoosier woman. As I began reading, I thought the book could have been written about countless women who lived in northern Indiana during the difficult times of the late 1800s. I quickly realized, however, that this was the story of not just any woman.

This is a beautiful tale of Miriam Coulter Pence's upbringing, faith in God, and love for family and community. Duncan's book is full of lessons of how Miriam faced deaths in her family, how she devoted her life to helping friends and family, and how she faced her own mortality. She was such a caring person.

I recognized Miriam's traits inherited by my friend and her late mother, Marjorie. When I turned to the photo near the end of the book, I was not surprised to see how much Duncan and her great-grandmother favor each other. No wonder she felt compelled to tell her story.

Duncan has done more than chronicle Miriam's life. Her writing is interesting, heartwarming, sensitive and genuine. Before I was halfway through I had come to care about a woman unrelated to and unknown by me. I realized I did more than pay a compliment to my friend by reading her book. I really enjoyed this story and was left wanting more. It made me want to explore the lives of Hoosier women in my own family.
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This is a very well written book. It is rich in historical information, and is presented in a style that I think is reminiscent of Jane Austen or Bronte. If you like books that highlight the lives of women, I think you will enjoy this high quality read. I definitely recommend this selection.
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I picked this book up because I enjoy family history and happen to have some of my own history in Indiana. This novel not only satisfied my thirst for historical fact and true stories, but also a genuinely entertaining story. Duncan weaves an interesting and real story that kept me engaged and wishing for more. It is so rare to find a novel that actually brings me to tears and laughter like this one did! I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good story.
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I also bought this book because it was written by my childhood friend, Sylvia. Having grown up in northern Indiana, I could personally connect with a lot of the towns and family names that were woven into the story. The story of this Hoosier woman was so well written, that I really didn't want to put it down. I wanted to find out what was going to happen next to her and her family. Sylvia's vivid descriptions of people and scenes made me feel like I was watching everything happen, rather than just reading about it. I am so glad Sylvia did so much research on her family and their community and then worked all that knowledge into a story that held my attention to the last page.
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A well written, interesting story. I really liked Miriam, and was sad to see her story end.
What a blessing to be able to call such a woman grandmother.

The only improvement would be more dialogue, and less 'telling' about the events. I hope this
author continues to write, I'd love to see what she comes up with next.
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Hoosier Woman, by Sylvia Duncan is an excellent creative work about Sylvia's ancestors in Northern Indiana in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The characters' voices are clear. Page after page goes by before the reader is aware of the advancing conclusion to this wonderful tale of a miraculous time in Indiana's history and in the Coulter family history. Kudos to Ms. Duncan for a job well done!
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