On Her Way Home
In On Her Way Home, six years have passed since Frieda first moved to the Arizona-Sonora border. Now the mother of three, Frieda finds herself confronted by a new nightmare. Fourteen-year-old Ida Levie, Frieda’s darling youngest sister, has disappeared along with murderer Jed Pearson. Her relationship with Benny already strained, Frieda leaves her family and follows Ida’s trail, first to the Mexican border, then to Prescott, where Ida will stand trial for collaboration with her kidnapper. Frontier justice has little mercy for the defenseless, but frontier justice has never encountered the iron will of Frieda Goldson.
Best known for her social history Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West, Harriet Rochlin has incorporated her meticulous research into this wonderful series of novels. Torn between family and freedom, tradition and individualism, Frieda Levie Goldson draws us into her tumultuous world. The lively characters that inhabit Frieda’s world keep us guessing as to what trouble they will tumble into next. Painted against the backdrop of old San Francisco and sun-bleached Dos Cacahuates with such precise detail, a reader could easily feel caught up in the history that built the American West.