"...Charming book...entertaining and informative." ---The New Mexican
"...an interesting book that records the hardships, tragedies and triumphs of a young woman in the colorful era of the mining boom." Annals of Wyoming
This book was a really fascinating look into the life of a woman living as the wife of a mine engineer in some of the most remote areas of the US around 1910. This book is not a drama, there's no flowery descriptions of emotional solitude or deep looks into the human soul. It is simply a first person account of what Mrs. Backus did to ensure her family's health and survival.
The best part of the book is that she is as much a product of her times as we all are. 1910 was far past the gold rush years of the 1860s, so the mines were more established and, in her view, higher tech. Her views on women's duties, race identity, class roles, parenting and world politics are all in the subtext. It feels like a real glimpse into the diary of a woman living an interesting life in interesting times.
Kate, Goodreads, June 2, 2009