The Daughter's Walk

A Novel

Kirkpatrick, Jane

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Daughter's Walk
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 cash prize to save the family farm from foreclosure ... and Clara dreams of becoming a businesswoman.

Publisher: Colorado Springs, Co. : WaterBrook Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0307729419
Characteristics: 388 p. :,map ;,21 cm.


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Feb 08, 2012
  • artsplay rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I agree with the the previous comments...the historical part of the book really held me, as did the way the author used her research to create a "what if"

Aug 17, 2011
  • vitareader rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I did not know this book was based on a real event until after I had read it. It did change the way I looked at the book when I found out.
I found the walk itself interesting and the banishment of Clara from the family a good read. Clara's drive to be independent and successful in that time was enlightening. Still I felt the last half of the book could have been shortened into an epilogue as it was starting to sound, in places, like a list of Clara's achievments.The wish to tell all about Clara ran to overkill for me.After finding out it was based on a true story I understood the author was trying to tie up all the ends and make the unknown known. A light read that got heavy at the end.

Apr 18, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a book that appealed to me as soon as I saw it. Based on a true story, this novel takes the facts that exist about this young woman and weaves a story around them.
In the late 1890s, Helga Etsby and her daughter Clara agreed to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City. This was a story that was hushed up by Helga's family, and I became interested after reading a book about that walk called Bold Spirit. The book tells a shorter story of the walk from the daughter, Clara's, point of view and then goes beyond it. The author had also heard the story and was intrigued that Clara distanced herself from the family for many years and changed her name. She did a lot of research around Clara, and was able to find out a few things about her. She took this and family memories as well as other research and built this wonderful story around it. The story fills in where the facts leave off, but feels like it could have happened this way. Clara comes alive here and becomes her own person, something she didn't do in the earlier nonfiction book. I really liked the way the author took the facts and built a story around them that fit. This was a great read and very interesting.


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