Lillian Alling: The Journey Home (Extraordinary Women) by Susan Smith-Josephy

By Susan Smith-Josephy

In 1926, Lillian Alling, a ecu immigrant, set out on a trip domestic from big apple. She had little funds and no transportation, yet lots of choice. within the 3 years that undefined, Alling walked all of the technique to Dawson urban, Yukon, crossing the North American continent taking walks. She walked around the Canadian panorama, weathering the baking solar and freezing iciness, crossed the rugged Rocky Mountains and hiked the untested desolate tract of British Columbia and the Yukon. ultimately, on a make-shift raft, she sailed by myself down the Yukon River from Dawson urban the entire option 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 may be remembered. Her existence has been subjected to hypothesis, fiction, and exaggeration. yet as mythical as she could be, the real tale of Lillian Alling hasn't ever been advised. “The secret Woman,” as she got here to be identified, is as exciting to us now as she was once 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 best as much as her trip and what waited for her at domestic in japanese Europe nonetheless is still a shadowy mystery.

Lillian Alling: the adventure Home is a set of private files, first-hand memories, relations stories and archival learn that supply tantalizing new clues to Lillian’s tale. Smith-Josephy locations Lillian firmly within the context of background and one of the solid of detailed and vibrant characters she met alongside her journey.

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