The Whip: Inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst (Unabridged)
by Karen Kondazian
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Best Western, 2013 International Book Awards 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards winner, Western fiction category Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction - 2013 Global Ebook Awards Award-Winner in the 'Fiction: Historical' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards The Whip is a multi-award winning novel inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the Old West. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. He was lynched, her baby killed. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first known woman to vote in America in 1868 (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.