So begins this story of one woman's restoration from personal grief to the meaning of community. Based on the life of German-American Emma Wagner Giesy, the only woman sent to the Oregon Territory in the 1850s to help found a communal society, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick shows how landscape, relationships, spirituality and artistry poignantly reflect a woman's desire to weave a unique and meaningful legacy from the threads of an ordinary life. While set in the historical past, it's a story for our own time answering the question: Can threads of an isolated life weave a legacy of purpose in community?
- Kirsten Potter\'s vocal skill and range...
Kirsten Potter\'s vocal skill and range are so versatile that she sounds like multiple narrators as she portrays Emma Wagner Giesy and her four children, as well as Emma\'s disapproving parents. In the final book of Kirkpatrick\'s trilogy, Emma separates from her abusive husband and travels to a colony in the Oregon Territories to raise her children alone. Manipulating pitch and tone and, in some scenes, German accents, Potter gives give authenticity to Emma\'s frustration at the colony\'s prejudice towards her and with calm certitude portrays Emma\'s fight for her boys and a house of her own. Emma\'s faith in the Lord never wavers, even when her boys are taken from her. Kirkpatrick fans shouldn\'t miss this one. G.D.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine