A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick is a fascinating glimpse into the life of a black woman in the early 1800s. Letiyia (Tish) is a former slave who is awarded her "free papers" but she never stops looking over her shoulder for someone who will attempt to take her freedom from her. She fights hard for everything she has. She makes a cross-country trip with other pioneer families and observes friends and women who think they are better than she is.
Though the back cover reads that this is the story of three women, it is mostly Tish's story. Then as I read the author notes in the back of the book I was surprised to see that Tish was a real woman and that this is some of her story.
This was engaging and interesting. Some of it made my heart ache and some of it made me angry.I suppose that it's just part of humanity to be treated poorly based on something that you have no control of.
It really makes you think.