A misfit in a Mormon frontier town, protagonist Clair Martin shows what polygamy feels like from inside the fold. Her stubborn search for identity takes Clair beyond the confines of the Utah Territory to the slums of Reconstruction Dixie, and back again. Here, one young woman’s life becomes a quiet revolution to untangle what you inherit from what you need.
A fearless portrait of Mormon Utah in the 1870s, Tributary tracks the extraordinary life of one ordinary woman who dares resist communal salvation in order to find her own.
From the strictures of Mormon polygamy to the chaos of Reconstruction Dixie and back again, Clair Martin and a small band of mavericks--white, black and Shoshone--take their place in the hinterlands of Zion.
Quiet revolutions are the strongest. They change us from within.
Read an interview with the author HERE.
"Barbara Richardson has written a powerful novel and Clair Martin is one of the strongest and most intriguing characters I've come across. Tributary is at once a sweeping tale of the old west and a deep and deft study of a young woman forging her own life amidst difficult and heartbreaking challenges. Richardson's writing brings the era and landscape to vivid life and her cast of characters, diverse and eccentric, round out an altogether amazing novel."
Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm at our Colfax Avenue Store:
Colorado author Barbara Richardson will read from and sign her new novel Tributary, a fearless portrait of Mormon Utah in the 1870s. Inspired by the author’s own family history, Tributary is the story of Clair Martin and her feisty and occasionally heartrending struggle with her role in the early Mormon Church.
“You’ll love resolute Clair Martin, the equal of any man—or religion. Clair’s strength and survival are the heritage of western women.” —Sandra Dallas, author of True Sisters