Nothing Daunted

Dorothy Wickenden, descendant of one of the two pioneering women at the heart of this remarkable tale, recreates a lost moment from a century ago, when two Eastern-seaboard society women ventured into the Wild West to teach school, astonish the natives, and become integral citizens of the Colorodo frontier. Dramatizing the constraints that female free spirits faced not so long ago, Wickenden creates a fable for dreamers of all eras and genders.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…