I AM LIDIAN by Nami Lane Babnon

I AM LIDIAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An oddly oblique recapturing of the period of the mid 19th century, in the story of Lidian Dorie whose years reflected the westward march of the American people. From Massachusetts and a childhood sheltered by the amenities of the relatively well-to do, back in the 1840's, to Montana wilderness, where she was the first white woman to make her home, this is sensitive, perceptive recall which makes Lidian a live person. She was independent, at a time when girls were supposed to be subservient; she took gladness and sorrow it came, with chin high; she chose to flout tradition when she """" her best friend's beau, taking a gamble that often failed her instead of the security offered by a man she did not love. Always on the move, even when she had two little girls to plan for -- a part of a theatrical concert troupe when she wanted a home -- Lan was always herself, able to carry on even when what she cherished most had been taken away. The Civil War makes a somewhat shadowy background, but the restless west-ward sweep which grew out of it was a vital part of Lidian's story. A woman's book, rooted in the American scene.

Pub Date: May 3rd, 1951
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace