The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

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Pan, 2009 - African American pioneers - 309 pages
45 Reviews

Short-listed for the Orange Award for New Writers

Long-listed for the Orange Prize

Winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Debut Novel Prize

It is 1917 in the South Dakota Badlands, and summer has been hard. Fourteen years have passed since Rachel and Isaac DuPree left Chicago to stake a claim in this unforgiving land. Isaac, a former Buffalo Soldier, is fiercely proud: black families are rare in the West, and black ranchers even rarer.

But it hasn’t rained in months, the cattle bellow with thirst, and supplies are dwindling. Pregnant, and struggling to feed her family, Rachel is isolated by more than just geography. She is determined to give her surviving children the life they deserve, but she knows that her husband will never leave his ranch: land means a measure of equality with the white man, and Isaac DuPree is not about to give it up just because times are hard. Somehow Rachel must find the strength to do what is right – for her children, for her husband, and for herself.

Moving and majestic, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree is an unforgettable novel about love and loyalty, homeland and belonging. Above all, it is the story of one woman’s courage in the face of the most punishing adversity.

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

An amazing first person history of two seemingly disparate elements: South Dakota and African American pioneers. Rachel is a cook in a stockyard boardinghouse for black workers when she meets Isaac ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maya B - Goodreads

This was the story of Rachel and Isaac and the struggles they endured in the Badlands. I felt that this was a very depressing book to read. The relationship that Isaac and rachel had felt more like an ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Ann Weisgarber was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio. After graduating from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, she was a social worker in a psychiatric hospital before moving to Houston, Texas, with her husband. She earned a Master of Arts in Sociology at the University of Houston and taught high school and later, sociology at a junior college. She has lived in Boston, Massachusetts, and Des Moines, Iowa, but now splits her time between Sugar Land, Texas, and Galveston, Texas.

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