• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: Penguin (July 26, 2011)
Just optioned for film by Viola Davis, star of The Help; winner of the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters’ Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction, longlisted for the Orange Prize (alongside books by Toni Morrison and Marilynne Robinson), and shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree is out now in paperback.
Ann Weisgarber has given voice to a pioneer who embodies the grit and spirit that built this country. Rachel DuPree is an American everywoman, a heroine of uncommon strength whose everyday actions rise to the extraordinary when she’s called on to fight for the safety and well-being of her family. But she’s also a woman finding her place in a man’s world, and very much a white man’s world. The setting—the South Dakota Badlands—and the time period—the early 20th century—bring into high relief Rachel’s ultimate triumph as a woman, and especially as a black woman.
Acclaimed by reviewers nationwide, embraced by booksellers and book clubs, and endorsed by Alice Walker as well as Tony Award–winning actress Viola Davis (who’s starring in The Help), Oprah pick Robert Morgan (Gap Creek), National Book Award finalist Susan Straight (Highwire Moon), indie favorite Jeffrey Lent (In the Fall), and the author of the novel that inspired the movie Crazy Heart (starring Jeff Bridges), The Personal History of Rachel DuPree is a quintessentially American novel with a twist, and it’s poised to break out in paperback.
Ann Weisgarber was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio. She was a social worker before earning a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Houston and becoming a teacher. She divides her time between Sugar Land and Galveston, Texas.
Visit Ann at her website, www.annweisgarber.com.
Ann Weisgarber’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, November 1st: nomadreader
Wednesday, November 2nd: Peeking Between the Pages
Thursday, November 3rd: Linus’s Blanket – author Q&A
Monday, November 7th: A Bookish Libraria
Tuesday, November 8th: Man of La Book
Thursday, November 10th: Unabridged Chick
Monday, November 14th: Book Dilettante
Tuesday, November 15th: Book Chatter
Wednesday, November 16th: She is Too Fond of Books- Spotlight on Bookstores guest post
Thursday, November 17th: Book Club Classics
Monday, November 21st: Raging Bibliomania
Wednesday, November 23rd: Historical Tapestry – author guest post, “Why I Love Book Groups”
Wednesday, November 23rd: Broken Teepee
Friday, November 25th: Historical Tapestry
Monday, November 28th: A Bookworm’s World
Wednesday, November 30th: Elle Lit.
Monday, December 5th: Book Snob
Wednesday, December 7th: Life in Review
Thursday, December 8th: The 3 R’s Blog
Monday, December 12th: The Brain Lair
Monday, December 19th: Melody & Words