Lillian Alling: The Journey Home (Extraordinary Women (Caitlin Press))

Susan Smith-Josephy


In 1926, Lillian Alling, a eu immigrant, set out on a trip domestic from manhattan. She had little cash and no transportation, yet lots of choice. within the 3 years that undefined, Alling walked all of the method to Dawson urban, Yukon, crossing the North American continent walking. She walked around the Canadian panorama, weathering the baking sunlight and freezing wintry weather, crossed the rugged Rocky Mountains and hiked the untested wasteland of British Columbia and the Yukon. eventually, on a make-shift raft, she sailed on my own down the Yukon River from Dawson urban all of the solution to the Bering Sea.

Lillian Alling is a legend. She has been the topic of novels, performs, epic poems, an opera and extra tall stories than will be remembered. Her lifestyles has been subjected to hypothesis, fiction and exaggeration. yet as mythical as she could be, the genuine tale of Lillian Alling hasn't ever been advised. "The secret Woman," as she got here to be identified, is as fascinating to us now as she used to be to these she met on her trek. Lillian's identify lives on within the folks stories of British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska, yet her lifestyles top as much as her trip and what waited for her at domestic in japanese Europe nonetheless continues to be a shadowy mystery.

Lillian Alling: the adventure Home is a suite of non-public records, first-hand memories, relations stories and archival examine that supply tantalizing new clues to Lillian's tale. Smith-Josephy areas Lillian firmly within the context of historical past and one of the solid of designated and vibrant characters she met alongside her trip.

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