Dakota, Or What's a Heaven For by Brenda K. Marshall

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The lives and schemes of frontier politicians, Northern Pacific Railroad executives, bonanza farmers, and homesteaders converge in the story of Frances Houghton Bingham, who marries the son of a Red River Valley bonanza farmer in order to remain near her new husband s sister. Emotionally complex, willful and resourceful, Frances is seduced by the myths of opportunity driving the settlement of Dakota Territory, and dares to dream of a new world in which to realize her unconventional desires. Providing a counterpoint to the dramatic risks taken by Frances is the generous voice of Kirsten Knudson, the daughter of Norwegian homesteaders. As Kirsten grows from a voluble girl to a formidable woman, her observations (equal parts absurdity and insight) reveal the heart of the novel.
 

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Brenda K. Marshall grew up in North Dakota and now lives in Michigan.
 
Published December 16, 2010 by Untreed Reads. 473 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Written by someone who knows and loves the prairies, this novel is true to the lives and characters of the late 19th-century Dakota Territory.

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