Wendy Voorsanger – The Prospects of a Woman
Listen to PatZi's interview with Wendy on October 20, 2020
The Prospects of a Woman: A Novel
I enjoyed talking to Wendy Voorsanger about her novel: The Prospects of a Woman.
It is a truly remarkable debut novel -- so polished, with masterful character development and dialog.
With amazing artistry she draws the reader into the world of 1850 and the story of Elizabeth and Nate Parker. They are newly weds, who have made the arduous journey from Massachusetts to California to find a new life with her father. Instead of finding the life she had dreamed about with a father who had struck gold, Elizabeth must face reality. Her father doesn't need or want her. She soon discovers that life along the American River is harsh and unforgiving. With a father who has no desire to see her and a husband who is emotionally unable to connect with her, Elizabeth must take control of her life if they are to survive.
With her once comfortable life in Massachusetts only a memory, her one pleasure is exchanging letters with her childhood friend, Louisa Mae Alcott. Even that does not come without a challenge. Elizabeth finds it difficult to tell the truth to her friend. Or to admit that sometimes men can and do disappoint a woman.
NOTE: There is adult content in this realistic telling of this compelling story.
About the Author
Wendy Voorsanger was born and raised on the American River in Sacramento. She was a technology writer in Silicon Valley for twenty years and worked for major newspapers, magazines and Fortune 100 Companies.
With a B.A. in Journalism from the California Polytechnic State University and an MF from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she has burst into the world of fiction with a bang! Her debut novel has gained wide acclaim and her passion for the history of women in California comes through in her writing.
Wendy is a member of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, the Lit Camp Advisory Board, and the San Mateo Public Library Literary Society. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two boys and a Tibetan terrier.
What people are saying...
- "Prospects of a Woman is a fascinating, complex, dark, and beautiful novel of women and sexuality on the frontier of the California gold strike days." — Douglas Glover, two-time Governor General's award-winning author of Elle
- "I loved this surprisingly feminist story of Gold Rush-era California! Elisabeth Parker is a heroine to fall in love with--plucky, sensuous, courageous and clear-eyed. It is a rare and unusual pleasure to—finally—have a narrative of the Gold Rush told from a woman’s point of view."—Janis Cooke Newman, author of Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln
- "Prospects of a Woman is thoughtful and thrilling. The landscape of California - the rough-scrabble mining towns, the wildness of the river and woods -- sings on every page."—Alex Myers, author of the novels Revolutionary and Divide
- "Prospects of a Woman is a riveting read about a woman who comes to California during the Gold Rush determined to escape societal constraints, find love and strike it rich. As a woman in a man’s world, she faces innumerable challenges but manages to rise above them. This is a bold, rollicking and satisfying tale, one that is hard to put down."—Frances Dinkelspiel, award-winning journalist and author of the best-selling books, Tangled Vines and Towers of Gold
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Wendy writes great dialog. Here is one of my favorite passages because Wendy uses the word "JOY" which is important to me -- and, of course, because when she wrote this passage she must have been looking in a mirror....she is a beam of beauty.
"I must say, ma’am, you’re a beam of beauty. Those green eyes! A solitary sight bringing a man to tears. Offering a bit of joy in the hardness of life. Piercing our blindness with a rainbow of color…"
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