The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick
In 1896, two women, Helga and Clara Etsby, a mother and daughter, walked across the United States from Spokane, Washington to New York City wearing new reform dresses. They had accepted a wager and were to make the trip on foot in 7 months. Their reward was to be ten thousand dollars if they made it on time.
A year after their return to Washington, Clara sets off on her own, determined to start life again, without her family. Separated from her family for more than 20 years, Clara discovers determination and risk and independence at a time when women were fighting for the chance to vote and have a say.
Jane Kirkpatrick’s story about the Etsby’s walk is real. While little had been said about their walk across the country until recent years, Kirkpatrick has done her research to bring the facts of the walk and the family separation to light and to discover what hardships Clara may have faced during those many years of separation.
This was a great read about a little know historical event at the turn of the last century.
I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of this review.