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The Daughter's Walk

The Daughter's Walk
by Jane Kirkpatrick


A mother's tragedy, a daughter's desire, and the 7000 mile journey that changed their lives.

In 1896 Norwegian-American Helga Estby accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City within seven months in an effort to earn $10,000. Bringing along her nineteen year-old daughter Clara, the two made their way on the 3500-mile trek by following the railroad tracks and motivated by the money they needed to save the family farm.  After returning home to the Estby farm more than a year later, Clara chose to walk on alone by leaving the family and changing her name.

Her decisions initiated a more than 20-year separation from the only life she had known. Historical fiction writer Jane Kirkpatrick picks up where the fact of the Estbys' walk leaves off to explore Clara's continued journey. What motivated Clara to take such a risk in an era when many women struggled with the issues of rights and independence? And what personal revelations brought Clara to the end of her lonely road?

The Daughter's Walk weaves personal history and fiction together to invite readers to consider their own journeys and family separations, to help determine what exile and forgiveness are truly about.

"Nineteen-year-old Clara Estby is hauled by her mother, Helga, on a 7,000-mile walk from Spokane, Wash., to New York in 1896. The fashion industry is looking for promotion of the new, shorter dress for women; Helga is looking for a $10,000 prize to save the family farm from foreclosure. The historically factual walk is only the first half of the book; the rest follows Clara after she leaves her family, becomes a businesswoman, and makes her way as times change for women at the turn of the century. Kirkpatrick has done impeccable homework, and what she recreates and what she imagines are wonderfully seamless. Readers see the times, the motives, the relationships that produce a chain of decisions and actions, all rendered with understatement. Kirkpatrick is a master at using fiction to illuminate history's truths. This beautiful and compelling work of historical fiction deserves the widest possible audience." — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Jane Kirkpatrick is a wonderful writer who creates a story full of strong, admirable characters...I walked across the country with them, experienced their triumph and disappointment...Jane has given readers a wonderful story of a family schism that comes full circle to love and grace and the importance of family, especially when one has been an outcast. I highly recommend The Daughter's Walk!" — Francine Rivers, New York Times Bestselling Author.

Video Interview with Jane

Jane Kirkpatrick discusses the inspiration for her new book — The Daughter's Walk — in this 2 minute video.


About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick, noted for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire, is the author of 22 books including 19 historical novels. Many of her titles are based on the lives of real people or incidents set authentically in the American West. She has won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center, the WILLA Literary Award, and been named to Library Journal's Best Books; and her works have been finalists for the Christy, Spur, Oregon Book Award, Reader's Choice awards, and chosen as Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections.

After 26 years living on Starvation Lane on a remote ranch in Oregon, Jane Kirkpatrick and her husband, Jerry, recently moved back to Bend, Oregon with two dogs, a formerly outdoor cat, and two lilacs from Hulda Klager's garden.

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