A Name of Her Own

By Jane Kirkpatrick
(Waterbrook Press, Paperback, 9781578564996, 400pp.)

Publication Date: August 20, 2002

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Description
Based on the life of Marie Dorion, the first mother to cross the Rocky Mountains and remain in the Northwest, "A Name of Her Own" is the fictionalized adventure account of a real woman's fight to settle in a new landscape, survive in a nation at war, protect her sons and raise them well and, despite an abusive, alcoholic husband, keep her marriage together.
With two rambunctious young sons to raise, Marie Dorion refuses to be left behind in St. Louis when her husband heads West with the Wilson Hunt Astoria expedition of 1811. Faced with hostile landscapes, an untried expedition leader, and her volatile husband, Marie finds that the daring act she hoped would bind her family together may in the end tear them apart.
On the journey, Marie meets up with the famous Lewis and Clark interpreter, Sacagawea. Both are Indian women married to mixed-blood men of French Canadian and Indian descent, both are pregnant, both traveled with expeditions led by white men, and both are raising sons in a white world.
Together, the women forge a friendship that will strengthen and uphold Marie long after they part, even as she faces the greatest crisis of her life, and as she fights for her family's very survival with the courage and gritty determination that can only be fueled by a mother's love.



About the Author
Jane Kirkpatrick" "is the "New York Times "and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including "A Sweetness to the Soul", which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. You can also read her work in more than fifty publications, including "Decision", "Private Pilot", and "Daily Guideposts". Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.


Praise For A Name of Her Own

“A truly fine book.”
–The Denver Post

“Jane Kirkpatrick has…created her own genre of fiction.”
–Statesman Journal

"Impeccably written."
–Romantic Times, Four-Star Review

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