Winner of the Pulitzer Prize!
Caroline Fraser has an affection for Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House books. But Fraser also is a realist and an incredible historian. She takes the reader on a remarkable page-turning journey, delving deep into the real world of life on the prairie. Of course the Ingalls, Pa and Ma and the rest of the clan, figure prominently, culminating in Laura’s own family and life beyond the Little House books. Full of mind-numbing stories of hardship, Fraser makes us vividly aware of the true history of the western migration and its impact on Native Americans, as well as the unbelievable challenge for those who moved west and tried to build a life there. And then there’s the story of when, how, and why Wilder wrote those beloved Little House books. Fraser’s work could be a class in and of itself, so gifted is she in sharing the history of America through the lens of Laura Ingalls Wilder.