Bitter Passage: A story set during America's epic 1849 gold Rush

Bitter Passage: A story set during America's epic 1849 gold Rush

by Elizabeth Morris

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Overview

Bitter Passage opens on a rainy day in New York City during the bleak winter of 1849. Newspapers and broadsides shout the news that gold has been discovered in California. Americans respond predictably. Among the mob heading off in that epic American drama - the Gold Rush - are Frida, Hermann, and their three children.

Frida's life has been a series of sad leave-takings, beginning ten years earlier in Prussia. When Hermann announces that he will leave New York to go to the fabled diggings, she determines to hold the family together by going too, taking their two teen-age sons and toddler daughter.

It is a hard-fought trip, made more so by Hermann's belligerence and incompetence. Frida is our guide, our tragic guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463687076
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/23/2011
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Buechner Morris

I am a New Yorker by birth and temperament, although I live by the sea in Marblehead, Massachusetts and have for most of adult life.

When I retired from Bank of Boston my husband and I moved aboard our 39 foot sailboat and cruised the waters of the American and Canadian east coast, Caribbean, and South and Central America for five years, braving all the usual demons from horrific storms to marauding jelly fish to once having a boa constrictor aboard. Now we live ashore most of each year, only living aboard full time in the sub-tropics during the winter.

I attended Sweet Briar College and have degrees from Goddard College in Vermont (BA) and Simmons College in Boston (MBA); those gold stars led to my career in banking.

I write for the sailing press: SAIL Magazine, Points East, Southwinds, Power Cruising, and others. And I've had success with short fiction, being published in The Caribbean Writer, Hawaii Pacific Review, Binnacle, The Evening Street Review, Janus, Slow Trains, WordRiot, PersimmonTree, Evening Street Review, weber studies, and The Hurricane Review. I've been asked to run writing workshops in Salem and Marblehead, MA and have done readings in MA and FL. I've won literary prizes in Natick (The Center for Arts in Natick and Morse Institute Library) and Marblehead (Marblehead Festival of the Arts).

Bitter Passage is my first novel.

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