THE WHIP by Karen Kondazian

April 21st, 2016 by Goshen Public Library Leave a reply »

the whipThe Whip,  winner of the USA Best Book Awards, is a real page-turner.  Really.  It’s about a piece of America’s Old West, inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in that Old West.  Charley Parkhurst was “The Whip”—a stagecoach driver.  And a darned good one.  She went out West from Providence, R.I. to avenge the deaths of her husband and baby daughter.

This is a fascinating historical novel that blends fact and fiction.  You’ll find out that Charlotte wasn’t the only woman who worked as a whip.  She was also the first woman to vote in America, in 1868—of course, as a man.  Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.

You can find this interesting book in the Goshen Public Library:  F Kondazian



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