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Best Western, 2013 International Book Awards
2013 National Indie Excellence Awards winner, Western fiction category
Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction - 2013 Global Ebook Awards
Award-Winner in the 'Fiction: Historical' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards

The Whip is a multi-award winning novel inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the Old West.
As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. He was lynched, her baby killed. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer.
Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.
Charley was the first known woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.
©2012 Karen Kondazian (P)2012 Karen Kondazian
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-06-16

NO EASY FRIEND

IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH
This is more Historical and Literary, than a Western. While it is probably pretty close to true, it is extremely sad. It starts out sad, it's sad in the middle and it ends sad. Yet it is almost required reading. The things people have to go through when they are not treated as equals. Narrator is excellent.
THANKS FOR THE TERRIFYING COACH RIDE AND ALMOST GETTING ME BEAT UP IN THE BAR. I guess their is some levity.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kate+Mitchell Powell on 25-12-13

Too too sad for me to finish, so a personal review

Narrator is great, and the story may be great -- I made it about halfway through but the violence is so sad and horrible that I could not finish the book. I can handle some violence, and can take sadness in books, but this one was too much. The writer is good, so if you can handle it, great.

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