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Sandra Dallas: True Sisters

Over the course of 11 novels, one-time Salt Lake City resident Sandra Dallas has explored the world of women throughout the history of the American West, coping with the limitations placed on them and the bonds they form to cope. Her latest, True Sisters, finds her continuing that literary journey in a context that will be familiar to many Utahns.

The story is that of the Martin Handcart Company—the group of Mormon pioneers whose westward trek from Iowa to Utah in 1856 was beset by troubles both natural and born of logistical failings. Dallas connects the stories of four fictional women inspired by journals and real-life accounts. The wife of a Mormon leader, a woman abandoned by her fiance, a young woman traveling with her brothers, and an unconverted wife of a man who has sunk every penny into this journey all begin the trek, unaware that not all of them might finish it, or that it will take every connection to their faith and one another to persevere. (Scott Renshaw)

Date: May 17, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-484-9100
Address: 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 84105
Where: King's English