These is my Words
The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901
“Belongs on your must-read list. This novel is a gem.” —Omaha World-Herald
Nancy E. Turner's unforgettable These Is My Words melds the sweeping adventures and dramatic landscapes of Lonesome Dove with the heartfelt emotional saga of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.
A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon—from child to determined young adult to loving mother—she shares the turbulent events, both joyous and tragic, that molded her, and recalls the enduring love with cavalry officer Captain Jack Elliot that gave her strength and purpose.
Rich in authentic everyday details and alive with truly unforgettable characters, These Is My Words brilliantly brings a vanished world to breathtaking life again.
Praise For These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901…
— Dallas Morning News
“Jack and Sarah are as delicious a couple as Rhett and Scarlett. The three-hankie ending to their long love affair will definitely make you give a damn.”
— USA Today
“A compelling portrait of an enduring love, the rough old West and a memorable pioneer.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Incredibly vivid and real and almost as though everything had been found, complete in a box somewhere.”
— Washington Post
“A lushly satisfying romance, period-authentic, with true-grit pioneering”
“Taking great-grandmother Sarah’s diary as an inspiration, Tucson novelist Nancy E. Turner has spun a frontier novel that teeters on the fine edge of truth and fiction . . . simply place an 1880s map of the Southwest next to the book and enjoy the ride.”
— The Arizona Republic
“These Is My Words is an entertaining...at times harrowing...reading experience.”
— Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"These is My Words belongs on your must-read list. In her first book, Nancy E. Turner approaches the fine qualities of Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer-winning Lonesome Dove. The two books share unforgettable characters, a grand sweep of history, adventure, love and emotion so real that you feel it. These is My Words is a book not to miss."
— Omaha World Herald
Harper Perennial, 9780061458033, 416pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2008
About the Author
Nancy E. Turner is the author of several works of fiction, including The Water and the Blood and Sarah's Quilt. She has been a seam snipper in a clothing factory, a church piano player, a paleontologist's aide, and an executive secretary. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and two children.