“A quest to belong is the theme of this novel from Richardson, whose lyrical prose and heartfelt characters shine through. This novel has much to offer, including a balanced perspective on a controversial time in Mormon history, but its greatest gift is its wisdom about finding one’s own path.” —Publishers Weekly
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Barbara Richardson’s debut novel, Guest House, launched the first literary Truck Stop Tour in the nation and was a fiction finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award in 2010. In Tributary, she claims the land of her Mormon ancestors who settled the northern Salt Lake Valley. Richardson earned an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University.
Aside from writing, Barbara has renovated four houses, enjoyed Argentine tango, fallen in love with tai chi, helped can the West’s finest plum jam, adored conifers, and planted thousands of trees and shrubs for others. Barbara is also an avid environmentalist. She now writes and designs landscapes in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies.
Praise for Tributary:
“You’ll love resolute Clair Martin, the equal of any man—or religion. Clair’s strength and survival are the heritage of western women.”
—Sandra Dallas, author of True Sisters
“I’ve been hungering for a book like this since I finished Lonesome Dove—a tale of the Old West big enough to crawl into completely, full of magnetic characters, unspeakable dangers, and beautiful language.”
—Lisa Jones, author of Broken: A Love Story
“Beautifully written and engaging, this is a story of one woman and her refusal to cave into societal norms in order to seek her own difficult and inspired path.”
—Laura Pritchett, author of Sky Bridge
“The language and writing are surefooted and fresh and often startling the way the best poetry can be startling. Richardson is a new American voice worth listening to.”
—Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars and Kook
“From polygamist Mormon desert settlements to the yellow fever-plagued Gulf to an Idaho sheep ranch, Richardson evokes the 19th Century West and the human heart in all their complexity. ”
—Barbara Wright, author of the Spur Award-winning novel Plain Language
“Richardson captures the grandeur and harshness of the Old West in a young woman’s struggle to find a home and a family without losing herself. A lyrical and haunting story not to be missed.”
—Margaret Coel, author of Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now
“Barbara Richardson’s deceptively simple book is nothing less than an epic.”
—Jesse Kornbluth, HeadButler.com
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