The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

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It is 1917 in the South Dakota Badlands and the summer has been hard. Rachel and Isaac DuPree had left Chicago fourteen years ago to stake their claim. 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 are bellowing with thirst, and supplies have dwindled. 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 Isaac will never leave his ranch: land means a measure of equality with the white man. Rachel must find the strength to do what is right--for her children, for her husband, and for herself.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010, c2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670022014
Branch Call Number: Fiction Wei
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 21 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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