Afternoon Book Club
The Afternoon Book Club will be discussing These is my words : the Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 : Arizona territories, a novel by Nancy E. Turner. Based on the real-life exploits of the author's great-grandmother, this fictionalized diary vividly details one woman's struggles with life and love in frontier Arizona at the end of the last century. When she begins recording her life, Sarah Prine is an intelligent, headstrong 18-year-old capable of holding her own on her family's settlement near Tucson. Her skill with a rifle fends off a constant barrage of Indian attacks and outlaw assaults. It also attracts a handsome Army captain named Jack Elliot. By the time she's 21, Sarah has recorded her loveless marriage to a family friend, the establishment of a profitable ranch, the birth of her first child and the death of her husband. The love between Jack and Sarah, which dominates the rest of the tale, has begun to blossom. The result is a compelling portrait of an enduring love, the rough old West and a memorable pioneer.