True Women (Paperback)
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DescriptionTrue Women is a stunning first novel based on the author's own roots. Brought up on her family's "great epic tales of war and adventure, love and murder, violence and redemption, " Janice Woods Windle searched for the sources that could tell her the truth about the extraordinary women whose blood flowed through her veins. What she discovered was more dramatic still, and from those tales she has crafted a breathtaking work of historical fiction about two dynastic lines, the King and Woods families - the story of the true women of Seguin, and the giants whose destinies touched their lives. Here, Euphemia Texas Ashby King stands firm against the Mexican general Santa Anna and the feared Comanche, Tarantula, and leads the bitter battle for women's suffrage; Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods defends her household by any means necessary from the sexual blackmail of a corrupt Yankee commandant; and Bettie Moss King fends off wolves, storms, and the Ku Klux Klan as she steers her loved ones through the turbulent birth of modern times. Deeply devoted to family, land, and the state of Texas, passionate and strong-willed, these are extraordinary characters who live, love, and die in a river of time reaching from the battle of the Alamo to World War II. Interweaving the heroic naturalism of Edna Ferber with the magical realism of Texas legend and the real-life history of Sam Houston, Santa Anna, and other historical figures, Janice Woods Windle has transmuted her ancestral provenance into a remarkable work of literary invention and popular appeal.
- Published: 01 January 2001
- Format: Paperback 10 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780804113083 ISBN 10: 0804113084
- Sales rank: 503,765
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Reviews for True Women
This book is a gem; captivating and awe-inspiring when you remember the characters are the authors actual ancestors
"...True Women is not just a genealogical treasure for the author and her family, but a novel of a genuine and legitimate Texas pride, and a novel of making it through all these difficulties with the added historical disadvantage of being a woman. It is a novel about determination, resilience, and perseverance. I would read this again, and I plan to lend it out to as many people as possible."
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http://herebebookwyrms.blogspot.com/2012/06/true-women.html by Colleen