The Woman Who Walked to Russia by Cassandra Pybus
A Writer's Search for a Lost Legend

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



From the moment Cassandra Pybus first heard about Lillian Alling’s trek across North America, she couldn’t get the story out of her mind. This is how it went: Desperate with homesickness, Lillian Alling, a recent immigrant to the United States from the Soviet Union, haunted the New York Public Library, studying the atlas to establish the most direct route home to her native Russia. Her English was poor but she understood the hieroglyphics of cartography. In the spring of 1927, aided only by a hand-drawn map, she started to walk home. Pybus searched for clues about this enigmatic pedestrian. When her historical sleuthing yielded little, she set out on her own trek to trace Lillian’s route through the wilderness of northwestern Canada and subarctic Alaska and Siberia. The result is an entertaining travel narrative that pieces together Alling’s journey through the natural beauty and rich history of northwestern North America — a story never before told.

About Cassandra Pybus

See more books from this Author
Cassandra Pybus is a senior research fellow at the University of Tasmania and the founding editor of the e-journal "Australian HumanitiesReview".
Published January 1, 2002 by Four Walls Eight Windows. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Woman Who Walked to Russia

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Pybus tries to settle a few questions before she leaves her Tasmanian home, plowing into genealogical and immigration records that lead her to decide Alling was probably a Jewish woman fleeing the traumatized shtetls of the Pale to end up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

| Read Full Review of The Woman Who Walked to Russi...

Reader Rating for The Woman Who Walked to Russia

An aggregated and normalized score based on 8 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review