Women Writing the West

If you’re looking for a great YA read, I want to share with you Becoming Beatrice—a wonderful book written by a my fellow Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA alum Frances Wood. The book was just selected as a 2019 WILLA Award finalist! Named in honor of WIlla Cather, one of this country’s foremost novelists, the annual award is selected by librarians and honors outstanding literature featuring women’s stories set in the west.

Becoming Beatrice is a beautifully written historical fiction novel that is intimately relevant for readers today. The
conflicts and challenges that Wood’s determined protagonist Beatrice faces—racism, gender equity, and the timeless urge to determine one’s own destiny—give this story an immediacy that will certainly capture the attention of today’s teens who are valiantly struggling to find their own place in the world. 

Buy this book for your favorite teen.

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