Abigail Peacock chooses her own fate in this absorbing tale of a pioneer woman in 1880s Canada. She'd thought her future was inevitable—she'd marry a shopkeeper and become a teacher—but then she buys a rifle, meets an outlaw, and sets off on a journey that will change her life.
"The underlying question is certainly a fascinating one: in a fledgling society, determined to do things “better,” how much does the fate of the individual matter? And should an individual be willing to accept injustice in the name of the greater good?" —My Book Strings blog
Cinda Gault has always been interested in strong women and Canadian history—and so This Godforsaken Placewas born. She has explained that it was her research into the Jesse James Gang and the Riel Rebellion that would eventually evolve into the absorbing tale of a tenacious pioneer woman. Jesse James led Cinda to the Wild West Show, and when she realized that Annie Oakley and Gabriel Dumont were once part of the same Wild West Show crew, a lightning bolt of inspiration struck and Abigai Peacock, with her rifle and saddlebags of money, was the result.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada
through the Canada Book Fund (CBF), a part of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council.