Answer Creek

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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author
Award-winning author Ashley E. Sweeney was born in New York and graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Her multiple awards include the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, Nancy Pearl Book Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, Next Generation Indie Book Award, and Arizona Authors Association Literary Award; she has also been a finalist for the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award, Sarton Women's Book Award, and WILLA Literary Award for Historical Fiction (twice), among others. Ashley lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest and Tucson. Hardland is her third novel.
"Ada is every pioneer woman who accomplished more than she ever thought possible."

"Ada is an impressive heroine who thinks for herself and exhibits moral courage in dire straits . . . [the novel] succeeds at capturing the endurance of the human spirit."
--Publishers Weekly

"The author is a master of vivid descriptions, dragging readers along every wretched mile of the trail, sharing every dashed hope and every dramatic confrontation, with Ada as their guide. Ada is a marvelous creation, twice orphaned and both hopeful and fearful about a new life in California, the promised land . . . A vivid westward migration tale with an arresting mixture of history and fiction."
--Kirkus Reviews

" . . . a gripping story of loss, survival, and female strength. Sweeney does such a masterful job of evoking the journey, from the shifting challenges of the landscape the emigrants move through to the emotional complications of being dependent for survival on people who were strangers months or even just weeks before. The epic sweep, the vast scale, of the trek is vividly felt, but so are the smallest of details."
--Society Nineteen Journal, 5/5 stars

"So well researched, one can almost feel the cold of winter and the stifling pain inflicted upon the heart and soul of these courageous pioneers."
--K.S. Jones, award-winning author of Shadow of the Hawk

"With faultlessly authentic period detail and relentless, riveting twists of fate, Answer Creek puts the reader right on the Oregon-California Trail in every sensory and emotional aspect imaginable. This compassionate but utterly realistic telling of the story gently crushes the sensationalized versions and releases something that feels much closer to truth. Ada is hope personified--it takes wing, soars, crashes--and survives."
--Ellen Notbohm, award-winning author of The River by Starlight

"In Answer Creek, Sweeney rescues the story of the Donner Party from its fate as salacious anecdote and delivers a harrowing tale of resilience, folly, loss, and hope."
--Mary Volmer, author of Reliance, Illinois

"Ada Weeks is an unforgettable character, authentic and true, created by the deft hands of author Ashley Sweeney. Together they provide a possible answer to the question 'how might I fare in a time of trial?' But this is only one question of Answer Creek. Full of distinctive language, fresh images of overland travel, and the challenge of choices, Ada Weeks is a woman to cheer for while we explore our own journeys toward meaning no matter the century nor trail. Be prepared to burn the night oil to discover more."
--Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of One More River to Cross

"Answer Creek is brilliant, masterfully written."
--Frances Simmons, editor

"If there can be beauty in horror, Sweeney has managed it in the writing of this book. Doom hovers on every page--in the sunsets of the western sky, in emaciated cattle, in boots worn down to shreds--yet the human spirit radiantly perseveres in the form of young Ada Weeks, who is determined to find love despite an avalanche of losses and sorrows. Her harrowing physical and psychological journey grips the reader in a tightly woven web of suspense. Impeccably researched, Answer Creek is a triumphant re-telling of a mythic American tragedy."
--Laurel Davis Huber, author of The Velveteen Daughter, winner of the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction

"Intimate, engrossing, and personal--this novel is so much more than the story of the Donner Party. It is the story of a budding young woman: her loves, her hopes, and her generous spirit in the midst of an unfolding tragedy. As I read this engrossing novel I forgot I knew--or thought I knew--the story that inspired it. Sweeney captures both the highs and lows of human behavior with each gripping scene."
--Martha Conway, author of The Underground River