I Have Seen the Fire: A Novel Inspired by the Life of Sarah Royce

I Have Seen the Fire: A Novel Inspired by the Life of Sarah Royce

by Robert V. Hine
     
 

This imaginative story of Sarah Royce and her gold rush journey to California brings depth and passion to a woman hitherto known only through her journal, A Frontier Lady. Robert Hine, historian of the American West, probes Sarah's stern piety to reveal her moral and physical struggles. Travel across desert and mountains by covered wagon was especially

Overview

This imaginative story of Sarah Royce and her gold rush journey to California brings depth and passion to a woman hitherto known only through her journal, A Frontier Lady. Robert Hine, historian of the American West, probes Sarah's stern piety to reveal her moral and physical struggles. Travel across desert and mountains by covered wagon was especially arduous for the Royce family because they were determined to observe the Sabbath, slowing their progress to the West. The harsh physical realities of poverty, disease, fire, flood, and childbirth are enlivened with passionate love, a mysterious murder, and a vicious lynching.

"Robert Hine has imagined his way into the world of nineteenth-century westering Americans in a story deepened by his extensive and sensitive understanding of the complexities of Western history. . . . The settings, in particular, are brilliantly done. . . . Moreover, we have a very vivid sense of how people actually lived and died in their bodies."—Virginia Scharff, author of Twenty Thousand Roads: Women, Movement, and the American West

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826343178
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
06/16/2008
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Robert V. Hine is a distinguished historian retired from UC Riverside and now affiliated with University of California, Irvine. He is the author of two memoirs, Broken Glass (UNM Press) and Second Sight, as well as numerous history publications.

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