The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

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9780006551782: The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

An American classic from the bestselling author of the Pulitzer-winning A Thousand Acres.

Lidie Newton is an extraordinary female protagonist, a genuine Great American Character, like Huck Finn or Isabel Archer.

Lidie and her abolitionist husband join the pioneering westward migration into America’s heartland in the middle of the last century. Together with their family and friends, they find themselves caught amidst two great American forces.Vicious arguments about freeing slaves, political shenanigans and peacocking encounters over claims to land are about to erupt into the bloodiest war the world has yet see-the American Civil War.

Against this chaotic background,The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton soars across the vista of the birth of the modern United States of America.This classic American novel shows, through the eyes of one remarkable woman, how shattering, tragic and resilient the history of that land is.

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‘Is there anything Jane Smiley cannot do?’
Pico Iyer, Time

‘A brilliant historical saga, crammed with adventure, tension, tragedy, shameful revelations about slavery in America, haunting reflections on love, marriage, war and politics. An absolute triumph.’ Daily Mail

‘Grandly epic, this is a journey into the heroic American past, never lsoing touch with sheer humanity; a real, old-fashioned, irresistible page-turner.’ Mail on Sunday

‘An engrossing, epic novel. Beautfully written, unforgettable.’ Woman’s Journal

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"In choosing Kansas as her narrative, Smiley presents the crucible in which the battle for national identity was at its most bitter and unchecked, and into it she effortlessly mixes a gripping narrative with historical fact. The supremely gifted Smiley takes those facts and builds into them a resonance and emotional truth. In matching history to characters of overpowering humanity, in a setting ringing to the sound of gunshot and the splitting of lumber, Smiley constructs an epic of the human spirit. A miraculous and unerring evocation." MAIL ON SUNDAY

"A touching love story, an episodic adventure and an absorbing account of the settlement of America's mid-West. The characters spring into the mind's eye and their conversation sings in the mind's ear. I loved this book." SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

"Grandly epic, this is a journey into the heroic American past, never losing touch with sheer humanity; a real old-fashioned irresistible page-turner." Books of the Year, MAIL ON SUNDAY

"A brilliant historical saga... crammed with adventure, tension, tragedy, shameful revelations about slavery in America, haunting reflections on love, marriage, war and politics. An absolute triumph." Books of the Year, DAILY MAIL

"Inspired social commentary about violence and race is mixed with an old-fashioned girl's adventure story. Lidie is a brilliant creation... a delicate balance of masculine and feminine qualities, an endearing personality whose resilience and independence are extraordinary." DAILY TELEGRAPH

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