Everything She Didn't Say
by Kirkpatrick, Jane

Ten years after writing a memoir about her life travelling throughout the American West with her railroad promoter and writer husband, Carrie Strahorn reflects on the truths of her pioneering life that she didn't tell.

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, including All She Left Behind, A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, USABestBooks, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.

*Starred Review* Kirkpatrick (All She Left Behind, 2017) returns to the American West with a fascinating fictionalization of the story behind the real-life Carrie Adell Strahorn (1854-1925) and her actual memoir, Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage, published in 1911. When Carrie's strong-willed husband sets out to write books promoting the pioneer life along the western railway, she follows to please him and prove that a society woman can weather frontier hardships. She braves dangerous travels and elements, never expecting that her greatest challenge will be supporting her husband's fragile ego while muting her own dreams. As the miles stretch between them on the trail and in their hearts, Carrie must find the strength to speak her truth and the God-given courage to live it. Spanning the years from 1877 to 1922, Kirkpatrick's novel is a tale of love and obligation, and an early snapshot of the now widely discussed emotional labor of women. Carrie is remarkably complex, and Kirkpatrick seamlessly blends fact and fiction such that readers cannot tell where historical accounts end and the brilliance of her imagination begins. Kirkpatrick illuminates the subtext of Strahorn's work with incredible spirit, depth, and creativity, illustrating the compelling ways in which people of the past filtered their lives and experiences. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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