The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

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Short-listed for the Orange Award for New Writers & long-listed for the Orange Prize It is 1917 in the South Dakota Badlands, and summer has been hard. Fourteen years have passed since Rachel and Isaac DuPree left Chicago to stake a claim in this unforgiving land. Isaac, a former Buffalo Soldier, is fiercely proud: black families are rare in the West, and black ranchers even rarer. But it hasn't rained in months, the cattle bellow with thirst, and supplies are dwindling. Pregnant, and struggling to feed her family, Rachel is isolated by more than just geography. She is determined to give her surviving children the life they deserve, but she knows that her husband will never leave his ranch. Moving and majestic, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree is an unforgettable novel about love and loyalty, homeland and belonging. Above all, it is the story of one woman's courage in the face of the most punishing adversity.
Publisher: London : Pan, 2009, c2008.
ISBN: 9780330458559
Branch Call Number: WEISG
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 20 cm.


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Sep 24, 2017

Good book on pioneering in The Badlands. Not the best place for farming and ranching with its dry, rocky soil and extreme weather. But the Homestead Act was a good way for a black family to own land and give them a measure of equality with white men. I liked Rachel and her children. Didn't like Isaac so much. He seemed to love his accumulating land more than his family. Good descriptions of the day to day hardships and how they can wear you down - physically and mentally. Would enjoy a sequel to this following the children's lives after Rachel's ultimate decision.

May 16, 2016

My husband read this whole book and said it was from a woman's perspective but good story of settling the prairies. I read it in two days, such a good read and really portrays how a woman can be torn between what she want's to believe and what she feels. Did this author die? How does a person prompt an author to create a sequel? I'd buy it new if the library didn't stock it. On Google I found 'The Promise' by Ann Weisgarber about a woman from Ohio who marries a Texas man and how her life changes, much intrigue. I'm going to request the library get this one as it looks promising.

lilly29 Mar 20, 2014

Written very well. I wish there was a sequel. I hope Weisgarber wrote more books. She knows how to paint a picture and use words.

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