Waucoma Bookstore is hosting author Jane Kirkpatrick for a book reading on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel.
Kirkpatrick will be discussing her new book "The Daughter's Walk." The reading is the first stop on Kirkpatrick's book tour. "The Daughter's Walk" is a historical fiction book based on the true story of Helga Estby and her daughter Clara who walked 3,500 miles from Spokane to New York in 1896.
In 1896 Norwegian American Helga Estby accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane to New York City within seven months in an effort to earn $10,000. Bringing along her 19-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 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?
Kirkpatrick is the author of 17 historical novels based on the lives of actual women, and three nonfiction titles. Her books have collectively sold more than 500,000 copies winning awards and critical acclaim including Best Books of 2009 by Library Journal. She lives and ranches in Oregon with her husband of 34 years, Jerry.