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At first glance, my novels, The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel DuPree seem very different. The Promise takes place in Galveston, Texas, while Rachel DuPree is set in the South Dakota Badlands.

Yet, look a little closer and you’ll see the similarities that link the two books. Both are told from the points of view of women, both take place in rural settings around the turn of the 20th Century, and they are stories about outsiders trying to find their places in the world.

The Promise

  • Release date in the U.S. - April 1, 2014

    Release date in the UK - March 14, 2013

    1900. Caught in a scandal, Catherine Wainwright, pianist, must leave her comfortable life in Ohio. She travels to Galveston, Texas, and marries the recently widowed Oscar Williams, a childhood admirer whom she has not seen in years.

    Catherine is unprepared for the life that awaits her. The weather is sweltering, Oscar's home is rustic and remote, and his little boy, Andre, resents her presence.

    But it's Oscar who most unnerves her. He has expectations that Catherine is unable to fulfill.

    Then there is Nan Ogden, Oscar's housekeeper. Catherine's arrival comes as a shock to Nan. Not only had she promised Oscar's first wife that she would take care of Andre, but she has feelings for Oscar that she struggles to hide.

    Meanwhile, a powerful hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico gathers strength and spins toward Galveston.

  • The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

  • Longlisted for the Orange Prize, Shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers, Winner of The Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction, and Winner of the Stephen Turner Prize for Best Work of First Fiction.

    When Rachel, hired help in a Chicago boardinghouse, falls in love with Isaac, the boardinghouse owner’s son, he proposes a bargain: he’ll marry her but only if she gives up her 160 acres from the Homestead Act so he can double his share. Landownership, Isaac believes, will give him a measure of equality with the white man. Rachel agrees to the bargain, and together they stake their claim in the South Dakota Badlands.

    Fourteen years later, in the summer of 1917, it hasn’t rained in months and supplies have dwindled. Expecting another child, Rachel struggles to feed her family and is concerned about the welfare of the children. Isaac, a fiercely proud former Buffalo Soldier, refuses to consider giving up the ranch and is determined to pull the family through this rough time. Somehow, Rachel must stand up to her husband and do what is right for their daughters and son.

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