This Godforsaken Place
About the Book
The year is 1885 and Abigail Peacock is resisting what seems to be an inevitable future—a sensible career as a teacher and marriage to the earnestly attentive local storeowner.
But then she buys a rifle, and everything changes.
This Godforsaken Place is the absorbing tale of one tenacious woman’s journey set against dramatic myths of the Canadian wilderness and the American Wild West. Abigail’s adventure introduces her to some of the most infamous characters of her time—including Annie Oakley and Gabriel Dumont—and brings the high stakes of the New World into startling focus.
“Abigail’s brash, dryly humorous voice makes her an engaging heroine . . . Gault does an admirable job evoking the struggles to find one’s place in the rugged late 19th-century West.” —Historical Novels Review
“In Abigail Peacock Gault has created what we would consider today a feminist heroine everyone can admire and some can aspire to. This is a rich and rewarding first novel.” —Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal
“This Godforsaken Place is a good adventure story with a strong female protagonist, but the best part…was learning more about Annie Oakley and the Wild West, as well as the Metis Rebellion in Saskatchewan with Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont. Gault managed to smoothly weave these two very different historical episodes into the story of Abigail Peacock from Wabigoon, Ontario.” —Consumed by Ink blog
“The underlying question [of This Godforsaken Place] is certainly a fascinating one: in a fledgling society, determined to do things ‘better,’ how much does the fate of the individual matter? And should an individual be willing to accept injustice in the name of the greater good?” —My Book Strings blog