The Train to Estelline

The Train to Estelline

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by Jane Roberts Wood
     
 

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Together for the first time as a classic Texas trilogy:

The Train to Estelline

A Place Called Sweet Shrub

Dance a Little Longer

The Lucinda “Lucy” Richards trilogy, spanning the years from 1911 to the 1930s, has everything good books should have: a variety of landscapes, characters of all ages and social classes, an overall tenderness

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Together for the first time as a classic Texas trilogy:

The Train to Estelline

A Place Called Sweet Shrub

Dance a Little Longer

The Lucinda “Lucy” Richards trilogy, spanning the years from 1911 to the 1930s, has everything good books should have: a variety of landscapes, characters of all ages and social classes, an overall tenderness that never lapses into sentimentality, and a sense of the comic amidst the tragic. Lucy is feisty, funny, and completely open-armed about life. Josh passionately confronts danger and greed and prejudice with courage and humor and, sometimes, with bare fists. Even the minor characters are so rife with color that you first turn the pages quickly to see what they will do next and, then, you turn them slowly so as to savor each page of this remarkable trilogy.

“I have longed for a wider world, a great adventure. And now it’s here. I’m so happy I can hardly breathe.” So ends seventeen-year-old Lucinda Richards’ diary entry for August 17, 1911, starting her job as the new school teacher for the White Star school in the Panhandle. Jane Roberts Wood brings to this delightful and affecting epistolary novel a tender touch and a wry sense of humor.

Editorial Reviews

F. E. Abernethy

“I ran [this book] through three generations of readers—mother, wife, and child—and unanimously they read it with pleasure. . . . Lucy is a young lady you need to know.” --F. E. Abernethy
Texas Books in Review

“. . . the kind of bright and original work that evokes from some of us that soundest of compliments, ‘Wish I’d written that.’” --Texas Books in Review
Larry L. King

“A truly fine tale of the indomitable human spirit, told in the honest voice of a strong young schoolmarm in early day West Texas.” --Larry L. King
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“This is one of those books that is easy to get into, hard to get out of. Once started, it is nearly impossible to put down. Once put down, it is not easily forgotten.” --Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Library Journal
Written in 1993, 1990, and 1987, respectively, these novels are known as the Lucy Richards trilogy in honor of their central character. Spanning the years from 1911 to 1931, the story follows Lucy's life as a young school teacher in west Texas through marriage, childbirth, and the Great Depression. Through all the hardships, her indomitable spirit wins out. Good stories with a strong woman in the lead. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574410785
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Lucinda Richards Trilogy Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Jane Roberts Wood received the Texas Institute of Letters award in 1998 for the Best Short Story, received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study at Yale, as well as a NEA Fellowship. A member of TIL and PEN, she lives with her husband, Dub, in Dallas, Texas.

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The Train to Estelline 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The road of life always turns to a tolerable direction.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Lucy Richards leaves her hometown for the wild praries of Texas,to be a schoolmarm. When she gets there she finds the man of her dreams! She also discovers all of the different personalities of her students! As the story continues, Lucy realizes that everything isn't as it seems. The people around her have different expectations, and her demanding and beautiful sister takes something Lucy thought she loved. I know this is probably a book for an adult to review, but everytime I looked at it the page just need my review! I really loved this book becuase it was written as letters from Lucy to her friends and family! I also really enjoyed it becuase Lucy, like me, is really fiesty!If you are a person who gets really depressed when a happy ending doesn't come...read the sequel...DANCE A LITTLE LONGER!!! I hope you get a chance to read this book!