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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (721 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Kirkpatrick Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780307881625
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A mother's tragedy, a daughter's desire and the 7000 mile journey that changed their lives. 
 
In 1896 Norwegian American Helga Estby accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City within seven months in an effort to earn $10,000. Bringing along her nineteen year-old daughter Clara, the two made their way on the 3500-mile trek by following the railroad tracks and motivated by the money they needed to save the family farm.  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? The Daughter's Walk weaves personal history and fiction together to invite readers to consider their own journeys and family separations, to help determine what exile and forgiveness are truly about.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigitte | 2/9/2014

    " This is the true story of a daughter who's life changes because of her obedience to her Mom for good and bad. I liked this book better than I thought I would. I liked Kirkpatrick's writing style - it didn't drag along for me. Very subtle but impactful writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri Roark | 2/3/2014

    " Was excited about ths historical fiction that mostly took place in Spokane WA during the time of suffrage. It had it's good points and it's very boring points. The main character was a inconsistent. Independent one moment insecure the next. Unrealistic in her hopes one moment and very grounded the next. Wished it would have focused more on the actual walk. It was a time killer is really the best I can give it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Allen | 1/26/2014

    " A very good book. I'd like to read more about the actual walk she and her mother took and I see that there have been 2 other books written about it. One was written about Helga's gread granddaughter. A good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Neuberger | 1/24/2014

    " Great story, great characters, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I thought it would only be about the trek but it wasn't. It was family relationships, hard times, sadness, triumph and women learning to make it in a man's world. This book is based on a true story, with just enough history thrown in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn Echols | 1/17/2014

    " I enjoyed the story and depiction of characters, particularly the family interactions although I did not agree with the continued attitudes of Clara's family towards her and her mother. I considered them as hateful and spiteful and, some some respects, envious. A book like this reminds me why I appreciate living in this day and age where a woman can enjoy the position of wife, mother and homemaker without paying the price of being socially hemmed in or emotionally punished into a form of imprisonment and should she desire to take on an unconventional challenge or expand her talents beyond what is "socially acceptable." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/2/2014

    " Interesting that the basic facts of this book are real. Also interesting that the author was able to make a whole life for the two main characters on such limited information. Sort of like Geraldine Brooks. Light Christian Lit. Author spoke at our book club and I always find that enlightening. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/22/2013

    " This is my problem with historical fiction: dwelling too much on the details we know (about the fur industry?) and glossing over the things we don't. I would have liked a lot more about the walk itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri Hansen | 11/3/2013

    " a book club pick. I thought it was interesting, but I was more interested in the secondary characters than the protagonist by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/14/2013

    " I liked it. It was about pride and love and forgiveness, but mostly about family - what it means to be a part of a family. The love. The joy. The pain. The sacrifice that is sometimes necessary. It was uplifting without being preachy or overbearing. It's not a happy story, but I'm glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne Moore | 9/29/2013

    " Really like anything by Kirkpatrick and enjoy the Northwest history . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 6/2/2013

    " Great historical fiction book. One of my favorite books by Jane Kirkpatrick ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Kelly | 11/19/2012

    " I really liked the historical aspect of it, and that it was about Spokane where I grew up. It wasn't a page turner, but good enough. Why would they travel across the country by foot? Why would she be shunned by her family? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 6/7/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's about mothers and daughters and family (both the family-of-origin kind and the family-of-choice kind), and about a young woman learning to be herself at a time when women were expected to tend to the home & family and nothing else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 3/21/2012

    " Being published 4/5/2011 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 12/25/2011

    " I liked this book, but didn't love it. Most of the characters were irritating. I just wanted to make different decisions for them. That said, I did enjoy reading it, and it certainly had some interesting things included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Dahl | 7/15/2011

    " I enjoyed this book but had trouble separating the fact from fiction since this book was based on a true event. I wish I had read the Epilogue first to find out which portions of the story were true and which weren't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bette | 5/24/2011

    " Great book. Kept me reading to find out how relationships would be resolved. Would be great book to discuss. What is family? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/21/2011

    " Good book. Amazing to think what some people will go through for their family. Very brave people, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/20/2011

    " Compelling story, but not great literature. I listened to the audio version and the narrator did not do the story justice. But I enjoyed this book very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/14/2011

    " This story line had so much potential, however I felt like the author spent too much time on minor, insignificant details. I liked the story, but I became bored about 1/2 way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/3/2011

    " Historical Fiction based on the walk of a mother and daughter from Spokane, Washington to New York City to promote women's issues. Parts of the book were quite fascinating and other parts lost my interest. "

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About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the acclaimed author of many books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning A Sweetness to the Soul and the first two books in the Kinship and Courage series: All Together in One Place and No Eye Can See. She and her husband Jerry live and work on a 160-acre ranch in Eastern Oregon.

About the Narrator

Kimberly Farr is an actress and eight-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.