By Joyce Litz
This precise tale of a Victorian-era younger girl who follows her husband to a small city with the unbelievable identify of Gilt side, Montana, will remind readers of Wallace Stegner's perspective of Repose, the vintage novel of a woman's existence within the Mountain West. As a tender lady, Lillian Weston, the author's grandmother, aspired to be a live performance pianist. even though, as a tender lady in turn-of-the-century big apple, she grew to become a newspaper columnist. Her marriage to Frank Hazen took her west in 1899, finishing her profession as a newspaperwoman. She grew to become her writing talents to journals, diaries, tales, and poems, which traced her family's lifestyles on a frontier that was once now not unspoiled.
The Hazens continued brutal winters and dry summers and endeavored to elevate farm animals and chickens by way of trial and mistake. Lillian was once an assiduous diarist who integrated information of her turbulent marriage challenged via Frank's undesirable company bargains. the main points of contraception and baby rearing, playing and prostitution, schooling and healthiness care are all a part of this tale, delivering glimpses into way of life that frequently cross unreported within the greater tale of western expansion.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Joyce Litz used to be born and spent her first fifteen years in Lewistown, Montana, with Lillian. sooner than she retired in 1995, she was once the political motion committee coordinator for a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. She now lives in Albuquerque and writes complete time.
"The Montana Frontier isn't just a exertions of affection, but additionally a story a few actually impressive lady, in a really awesome time within the lifetime of our country." -- tremendous Sky Journal
"The Montana Frontier will attract fanatics of narrative heritage. . . . It illuminates a woman's existence at the nice Plains. . . . Litz is a superb storyteller who fills a distinct segment historians frequently neglect." -- nice Plains Quarterly
"Lillian's tale is compelling, a learn in person braveness and faith." -- Roundup Magazine
"Litz offers historians with a nuanced, complex personality, either in love with the West and challenged via it--a lady trapped through the cultural and monetary constraints of the time within which she lived. Lillian Hazen reminds us that the uniqueness of the western personality is, maybe, its purely actual unifying character." -- Montana Magazine
"This good written publication held my cognizance from first web page to final and alongside the way in which I discovered much approximately turn-of-the-century big apple and Montana." -- The bring in magazine, (UT)
"Through Lillian Hazen's letters, diaries and tales, existence in early Lewistown region emerges, specially the struggles girls had in these years. simply because Hazen used to be a journalist, knowledgeable to note information others could pass over, hers is a very revealing account of that life." -- Lewistown (MT) News-Argus
"We can't support yet appreciate Lillian and all of the different girls who outfitted houses and raised households within the harsh, unwelcoming atmosphere of the yank West." -- H-Net publication Review
"[Lillian's] tale enlivens the historical past of the waning frontier." -- The Bloomsbury overview