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Journeys of Discovery: Prospects of a Woman—award-winning novel chronicles California Gold Rush life

Wendy Voorsanger, Cal Poly grad and author of the award-winning novel, Prospects of a Woman talks with correspondent Tom Wilmer. Voorsanger shares insights about the book, and her work chronicling exceptional women throughout California's history featured on her blog She is California. Among the numerous rave reviews of Prospects of a Woman, Janis Cooke Newman, author of Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln wrote: “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.”

Prospects of a Woman recently won the 2021 Independent Press Award for Western Fiction.

Underwriting support for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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