Hoping to pay off the farm’s debt and better the lives of her family, in 1896 Norwegian American Helga Estby accepted a challenge from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City wearing the latest fashion trend, the new women’s reform dress, within seven months to earn $10,000. Her nineteen year-old daughter, Clara, became her reluctant companion on the 3500-mile trek that followed the railroad tracks.Thank you to Random House for offering TWO copies of The Daughter's Walk for a giveaway! Fill out the form below to be entered.
After returning home to the Estby farm more than a year later, Clara chose to walk on alone by leaving the family and changing her name. Her decisions initiated a more than 20-year separation from the only life she had known.
Historical fiction writer Jane Kirkpatrick picks up where the fact of the Estbys’ walk leaves off to explore Clara's continued journey. What motivated Clara to take such a risk in an era when many women struggled with the issues of rights and independence? And what personal revelations brought Clara to the end of her lonely road?