Windfall: The Prairie Woman Who Lost Her Way and the Great-Granddaughter Who Found Her

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6.3 X 8.6 X 1.7 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
Erika Bolstad is an author and a freelance journalist based in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit
"A vital exploration of the long history of abuse against women, the land, and the weight of inheritance, told in gripping prose. Bolstad's Windfall comes at a crucial time when our country is at a reckoning with its own dark history of conquest and extraction." -- Taylor Brorby, author of Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land
"The author effectively examines the political, economic, and environmental issues involved in the production of energy across the country... An engrossing look at the effects of the American oil and gas industry through the lens of family history." -- Kirkus Reviews
"With Windfall, Erika Bolstad offers a keen awareness of a common bind: our deep desire to protect the last natural resources while sustaining our precarious domestic lives. With meticulously researched and clear, ringing prose, she takes us on a journey of consternation, curiosity, and, finally, reconciliation with her family's past and her own tender future." -- Debra Gwartney, author of I Am a Stranger Here Myself
"[Windfall] is filled with expertly researched details... This book will appeal to readers who enjoy detailed political history books." -- Library Journal
"Shockingly personal and brilliantly researched... Windfall is highly recommended." -- Booklist Starred Review
"In this powerful debut... [Bolstad] lucidly explains the impact of oil and gas extraction on the communities that depend on it economically. In unraveling a family mystery, Bolstad tells a much larger, richer story." -- Publishers Weekly
"Windfall is a timely, insightful and important read."-- BookPage
"Bolstad weaves a two sided thread through the pages: an exploration of a sometimes nefarious 'boom and bust' oil industry and a long-buried family history--a story that's been in her blood for generations." -- Reader's Digest