By Ashley E. Sweeney
Publication date: May 16, 2016
She Writes Press
ISBN (13) 978-1-63152-058-7; $16.95 U.S.; 5 ½ x 8 ½; 317 pages; Paperback; Fiction/First Novel
Also available as an e-book
Winner, 2017 Nancy Pearl Book Award
Finalist, Sarton Women’s Book Award
Finalist, WILLA Literary Award
Finalist, Best Book Award
Finalist, International Book Award
"Sweeney’s debut novel is a beautifully written work of historical fiction tracing one woman’s life in the wilds of nineteenth-century America. Readers will be immersed in Eliza’s world, which Sweeney has so authentically and skillfully rendered."
After the tragic death of her husband and son on a remote island in Washington’s San Juan Islands, Eliza Waite joins the throng of miners, fortune hunters, business owners, con men, and prostitutes traveling north to the Klondike in the spring of 1898. When Eliza arrives in Skagway, Alaska, she has less than fifty dollars to her name and not a friend in the world—but with some savvy, and with the help of some unsavory characters, Eliza opens a successful bakery on Skagway’s main street and befriends a madam at a neighboring bordello. Occupying this space—a place somewhere between traditional and nontraditional feminine roles—Eliza awakens emotionally and sexually. But when an unprincipled man from her past turns up in Skagway, Eliza is fearful that she will be unable to conceal her identity and move forward with her new life.
Part diary, part recipe file, and part Gold Rush history, ELIZA WAITE transports readers to the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a raucous and fleeting era of American history.
Ashley Sweeney is the winner of the 2017 Nancy Pearl Book Award, and a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award, the WILLA Literary Award, and two other literary contests for her debut novel, Eliza Waite (She Writes Press, 2016). She splits her time equally between the Pacific Northwest and the Desert Southwest.
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