Prospects of a Woman
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The story of one woman's quest to carve out a life for herself in the liberal and bewildering society that emerged during the California gold rush frenzy.
Elisabeth Parker comes to California from Massachusetts in 1849 with her new husband, Nate, to reunite with her father, who’s struck gold on the American River. But she soon realizes her husband is not the man she thought—and neither is her father, who abandons them shortly after they arrive. As Nate struggles with his sexuality, Elisabeth is forced to confront her preconceived notions of family, love, and opportunity. She finds comfort in corresponding with her childhood friend back home, writer Louisa May Alcott, and spending time in the company of a mysterious California. Armed with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance, she sets out to determine her role in building the West, even as she comes to terms with the sacrifices she must make to achieve independence and happiness. A gripping and illuminating window into life in the Old West, Prospects of a Woman is the story of one woman’s passionate quest to carve out a place for herself in the liberal and bewildering society that emerged during the California gold rush frenzy.
“Alive with historical details, intriguing characters, and resplendent natural beauty, <i>Prospects of a Woman</i> is a lusty, intelligent, and captivating portrait of a woman and of early California.” <br>— <i>Foreword Reviews</i> <br> <br>“A captivating gold-rush tale told from the viewpoint of an indomitable woman. Voorsanger creates a memorable hero in Elisabeth as well as a vivid depiction of the rough-and-tumble frontier life of mid-19th-century California, which is characterized by equal parts boundless optimism and humiliating despair. The author’s language is evocative and beautifully apt both to period and subject.” <br>— <i>Kirkus Reviews</i> <br> <br>“Anyone with an interest in women's roles in history will find <i>Prospects of a Woman</i> a worthwhile read.” <br>— <i>San Francisco Book Review</i> <br> <br>“ <i>Prospects of a Woman</i> is fascinating in its complexity; it is empowering and the author makes sure the reader gets a rush of excitement as they turn pages. This one deserves the prime spot on your bookshelf!” <br>— <i>Readers'
Woman entrepreneur, Questioning sexuality, Woman coming into her own, Empowering women's stories, Western women fiction, Old West love story, Strong female protagonist, Pioneer women, 19th century American History, California history fiction