- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Serving House Books (September 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997101067
- ISBN-13: 978-0997101065
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Silver Baron's Wife Paperback – September 15, 2016
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: In this eloquent novel, Stein portrays the independent, eccentric, and resilient woman known as Baby Doe, a legendary figure from Colorado's silver boom. Elizabeth "Lizzie" McCourt Doe is a renowned beauty who moved from Wisconsin to Colorado in the 1870s so that her husband, Harvey Doe, could work in the silver mine that they partially owned. Confronted with his addictions and womanizing, Lizzie divorces Harvey. He heads home to Wisconsin, but she stays in Colorado out of shame and embarrassment. What later begins as an affair with Horace Tabor, a married silver magnate 30 years her senior, eventually turns into a loving marriage with two daughters. Though they are tremendously wealthy, the couple is shunned socially, and a financial crisis soon wipes out their fortune. As Lizzie's problems mount, she becomes reclusive, living alone in a cabin with her visions--holy images and complex dreams from her past, revealed to readers in a lyrical, meditative voice. Stein's blend of love story, scandal, and mystical experience is satisfying and entertaining.
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At long last we get to hear Baby Doe's compelling side of the hurtful tale that made her the most hated woman in the West. Donna Baier Stein has captured young Lizzie's Doe's agency in her first marriage, as well as older Lizzie's Tabor's deep spiritual resilience during her decades of isolation.Through Stein's artistry, Baby Doe's story makes the heart ache. --Judy Nolte Temple, BABY DOE TABOR: THE MADWOMAN IN THE CABIN
Donna Baier Stein paints a heartfelt, poignant picture filled with loving details of Baby Doe's celebrated life that lingers long after the last page is turned.--Ann Parker, THE SILVER RUSH MYSTERY SERIES
Explosive, gripping andromantic... An absorbing read about a fiercely independent woman who charted her own course only to find herself paying the price.--Talia Carner, HOTEL MOSCOW
With sumptuous, tactile prose, rich historical detail, and an evocative recreation of the American West, The Silver Baron's Wife excavates the legend of Elizabeth McCourt Tabor to expose a character's humanity and soul.--Diane Bonavist, THE CATHARS
...a beautiful and absorbing novel, rich in history and vivid period detail...This is a moving and memorable book.--Ronna Wineberg, SEVEN FACTS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
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This is the story of Baby Doe Tabor (Elizabeth McCourt Tabor) who lived from 1854 to 1935. She was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, then moved to Colorado after her first marriage. Her father-in-law gave her and her husband, Harvey Doe, a quarter share of a Colorado mine named the Fourth of July. When she first saw the mine, Lizzy fell in love with mining - “Dropping down into the Fourth of July had, like tasting the communion wafer on my tongue, opened me to a new understanding. If I'd felt betrayed after my confirmation, when Jesus let the fire take everything my family and I owned, a new confidence came over me after my descent into the mine. I was more than ready to believe there were treasures we couldn't see that were ready to be shared.”
Baby Doe was not a popular woman in the area where she lived, because she made some life decisions that were not acceptable at that time. However, Donna Baier Stein decided to write this novel from Baby Doe's point of view and the woman comes off as a strong and sympathetic character. I don't want to include any spoilers in here, yet I do have to say this is a rags to riches story, but doesn't stop there. Stein has created a wonderful character in Baby Doe, someone I will think about for a long time. She also created a wonderful picture of life in a mid-west mining town during the late nineteenth century.
Steve Lindahl – author of Hopatcong Vision Quest, White Horse Regressions, and Motherless Soul
Multiple theories surround Elizabeth “Lizzie” Doe Tabor’s life, many of them harsh in their interpretation of her intentions. "The Silver Baron’s Wife" brings the reader right alongside Lizzie and into her mind throughout every step of her complicated and troubled life, which makes it difficult for the reader not to empathize with her. “I loved the fact that whatever worries I had . . . vanished as soon as I’d sunk below ground level. It was another world down there, magically distant from daily woes.” The author emphasizes that her interpretation is fictional, yet the sensory details on every page are so perfectly interwoven into the narrative that every scene is believable. I felt the excitement, the apprehension, the grief and the longing in the main character as she approached and experienced each new challenge.
Donna Baier Stein’s portrayal of the rough-and-tumble male world into which Lizzie immerses herself is vividly exciting. You don’t need to be a woman or a history lover to appreciate this rage-to-riches-to-rags-again story. After hesitantly reading the first page, I gladly became Lizzie’s companion until the very last poignant page, whereupon I returned to page one and felt tremendous satisfaction at having spent my time in her lifetime.