The Lily of the West

The Lily of the West

by Kathleen Morris


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Winner of the 2019 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award

The Lily of the West, winner of the 2019 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best First Western Novel is the story of Mary Katherine Haroney, known as the notorious "Big Nose Kate." In the American West of the 1800s, women had few choices, but Kate made her own way. A Hungarian immigrant, Kate forged her way across the American frontier, an orphaned stowaway on a Mississippi riverboat who became the belle of the Dodge City music halls, known for her outspoken manner and her alluring appearance. Classically educated, she spoke four languages, finding love and much in common with a charming but volatile dentist from Atlanta, Dr. John Henry (Doc) Holliday. She was a trusted friend of the Earps and Bat Masterson, an adventurous woman who witnessed the violent lawlessness that preceded the end of an era.

I was moved to tears many times by the story of Kate's love for Doc Holliday and impressed by the vivid detail with which the author painted the story of star-crossed lovers. A new take on the O.K. Corral, from a woman's point of view. -Roundup Magazine, Western Writers of America

Writing in first person, Morris gives the woman's struggle an immediacy and poignancy not usually found in a traditional western. A good companion for Mary Doria Russell's Doc (2011), this compelling debut will appeal to readers of any gender. -Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645402800
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication date: 07/16/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 643,346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Morris lives and writes in Phoenix, Arizona. A graduate of Prescott College, she has taught writing at Phoenix College and has an editing and media business at She is an aficionado of Western history and loves spending time in southeastern Arizona, following in the footsteps of the people she writes about. The Lily of the West is her first historical novel, inspired by finding the final resting place of Mary Katherine Haroney while attending college in Prescott, Arizona.

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