We are proud to bring local author Patricia L. Hudson and her newest title, Traces, to Union Ave
on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 2 pm.
While this is a free event, we ask that you register for your spot at this link.
About the Author:
Patricia Hudson has been a freelance writer for more than 30 years. She's written for magazines ranging from Country Living to Women's Sports and Fitness, but her favorite assignments focus on historical topics. She was a contributing editor at Americana magazine for more than a decade, writing about historic preservation, folk art, and travel destinations for history lovers. As a frequent contributor to Southern Living magazine, she traveled extensively in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, profiling people whose passion for those regions matched her own. She's a long-time member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Her book credits include: Inns of the Southern Mountains, and Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia, as well as The Carolinas and the Appalachian States, a volume in the Smithsonian Guide to Historic America series. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband, photographer, Sam Stapleton.
About the Book:
An old frontier adage proclaims: “Kentucky was heaven for men and dogs— hell for women and mules.”
Traces is a retelling of the Daniel Boone saga through the eyes of Boone’s wife, Rebecca, and her two oldest daughters, Susannah and Jemima. The first Boone biography, published by John Filson in 1784, made Daniel a legend during his lifetime, but also fueled backwoods gossip that bedeviled all three women throughout their lives, most notably the suspicion that one of Rebecca’s children was fathered by Daniel’s younger brother. Traces explores the origins of the rumors, exposes the harsh realities of frontier life, and gives a voice to the women whose joys and sorrows are invisibly woven into the fabric of the Boone legend.
Praise for Traces
"In Traces, Patricia Hudson rescues Rebecca Boone and her daughters from the shadow of the celebrated Daniel. This vivid narrative brings the Boone women delightfully alive. Independent, resourceful, they provide a window on a significant era of our history. The novel dramatizes conflicts and tragedies, as well as desire, loyalty, and abiding love. You will not forget this story of a significant family on the frontier of the young Republic."
- Robert Morgan, author of Boone: A Biography
"Patricia Hudson's lyrical yet riveting novel Traces is an exceptional work of historical fiction, an intimate portrait of the forgotten women in Daniel Boone's life, set against the vast backdrop of the American frontier. I couldn't stop turning pages, spellbound and enlightened both at once. I know I'll be thinking about these faithfully-rendered characters and their inspiring life stories for a long time to come."
- Amy Greene, author of Bloodroot