Sandstone Press

The Solitary Woman of Shakespeare  by James Terry

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910985199
Publication Date: 18/08/2016
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The Solitary Woman of Shakespeare

James Terry


When seventeen-year-old Abigail Walker, desperate to escape her family and her tedious factory job in the East, responds to the ad, “Man in Territory seeks correspondence with adventurous gal,” she thinks she’s found her ticket to love and freedom. She falls in love with Henry through the romantic letters he sends her about his home in the West and agrees to travel to Shakespeare to become his wife. Instead she finds herself lured to a rough mining town and twice-deceived. First, she is the sole woman ever to set foot in Shakespeare. Secondly, her betrothed is not the poetic Romeo of the love letters, but Henry, an elderly saloon keeper and former outlaw.

James Terry

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Born in 1970, James Terry grew up in a small New Mexico bordertown, earned his BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked in film and television production in the San...

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‘Terry is a literary artist of the best sort: keen to render the world whole and crosswise. ’
-Lee K.Abbott, All Things, All At Once

‘This is a touching novel written with heart, energy and a lot of humour.’
-Isabel Costello

‘Gold rush Indian Territory becomes the Forest of Arden in this very funny but also subtle story of one woman’s determination to shape her life.’
-Historical Writers' Association