By Joyce Litz

ISBN-10: 0826331203

ISBN-13: 9780826331205

This precise tale of a Victorian-era younger girl who follows her husband to a small city with the inconceivable identify of Gilt aspect, Montana, will remind readers of Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose, the vintage novel of a woman's existence within the Mountain West. As a tender lady, Lillian Weston, the author's grandmother, aspired to be a live performance pianist. even though, as a tender girl in turn-of-the-century ny, she turned a newspaper columnist. Her marriage to Frank Hazen took her west in 1899, finishing her profession as a newspaperwoman. She grew to become her writing talents to journals, diaries, tales, and poems, which traced her family's lifestyles on a frontier that used to be now not unspoiled.

The Hazens continued brutal winters and dry summers and endeavored to elevate livestock and chickens by means of trial and blunder. Lillian was once an assiduous diarist who incorporated information of her turbulent marriage challenged through Frank's undesirable enterprise bargains. the main points of contraception and baby rearing, playing and prostitution, schooling and health and wellbeing care are all a part of this tale, providing glimpses into daily life that frequently cross unreported within the higher tale of western expansion.

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On Easter vacation, several nuns took Lillian and Maud to the country house connected with the convent, just outside Paris. Lillian remembered pansies and forget-me-nots growing in profusion and a lake surrounded by trees. It was said that at one time, the place had belonged to one of Louis XIV’s favorite mistresses. Maud told Lillian the estate also had been owned by the Mother Superior, who held the rank of countess in the real world. She gave both up when she entered the cloister. ” One sister, in particular, was so good to her Lillian often thought of her sweet, patient face.

Five  “Mr. Sothern on the stage is very different from Mr. Sothern off the stage. . ” In August of , she reviewed his play, Lord Chumley, and said she was not impressed by Belasco and De Mille’s production, but she praised Sothern’s portrayal of Lord Chumley. She said he was going to be as great an actor as his father. He got his start by taking small parts and working his way up to bigger and better parts. Unfortunately, Lord Chumley opened in the worst of seasons, August  in New York City.

Oh! No, no. ” For days, hour in and hour out, she lay in bed, too weak to care about living or dying. ” If the next beat didn’t come, she would be gone. One time her mother came in and thought her daughter was dead. She leaned against the wall and cried, “Oh! ” Lillian opened her eyes and, later, said her mother’s voice brought her back to life. She had been sinking so quietly, so peacefully. It was easier to die than to try to swallow. It was about this time that she had a strange experience. There’s no proof as to whether it was an illusion or a vision, because in various stories, she wrote different versions of the same event.

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