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Author Smiley, Jane.

Title The all-true travels and adventures of Lidie Newton : a novel / Jane Smiley.

Published New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  813.54 SMILEY    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 452 pages ; 25 cm
Summary Lidie is hard to scare. She is almost shockingly alive - a tall, plain girl who rides and shoots and speaks her mind, and whose straightforward ways paradoxically amount to a kind of glamour. We see her at twenty, making a good marriage - to Thomas Newton, a steady, sweet-tempered Yankee who passes through her hometown on a dangerous mission. He belongs to a group of rashly brave New England abolitionists who dedicate themselves to settling the Kansas Territory with like-minded folk to ensure its entering the Union as a Free State. Lidie packs up and goes with him. And the novel races alongside them into the Territory, into the maelstrom of "Bloody Kansas," where slaveholding Missourians constantly and viciously clash with Free Staters, where wandering youths kill you as soon as look at you - where Lidie becomes even more fervently abolitionist than her husband as the young couple again and again barely escape entrapment in webs of atrocity on both sides of the great question.
And when, suddenly, cold-blooded murder invades her own intimate circle, Lidie doesn't falter. She cuts off her hair, disguises herself as a boy, and rides into Missouri in search of the killers - a woman in a fiercely male world, an abolitionist spy in slave territory. On the run, her life threatened, her wits sharpened, she takes on yet another identity - and, in the very midst of her masquerade, discovers herself.
Subject Women pioneers -- Fiction.
Abolitionists -- Fiction.
Widows -- Fiction.
Missouri -- Fiction.
Adventure fiction.
Western stories.
ISBN 0679450742
0002257432 £16.99