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The Woman Without a Voice

Pioneering in Dugout, Sod House and Homestead

Louise Farmer Smith

60 pages
Upper Hand Press Llc

"Two people, husband and wife, sat side by side on the wagon bench. Though they looked down the same rough road and experienced the same dazzling or dismal scenery, the diaries suggest that they lived in different worlds."

Louise Farmer Smith sets us squarely by the side of the woman on the wagon bench and vividly recreates the turmoil, excitement, and trepidation pioneer women experienced as they moved into the unknown.\

The Woman Without a Voice tells the story of a pioneering family—her own, much like that of Laura Ingalls Wilder's. However this story is not seen through the perspective of a child, but of a woman, mother, and wife. Using diaries and family stories, Smith focuses on the pioneer women in her own family. Silence and submission were the lot of married women who had no property and no say in where or how their families would live.

Author Bio
Louise Farmer Smith, a PEN\New England Discovery trained in family therapy, has received two Pushcart nominations for her stories. Her novel, One Hundred Years of Marriage, was a finalist for the Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Award, 2015. Her prize-winning stories have appeared in five anthologies and her collection, Cadillac, Oklahoma.