Harriet Murphy: A Little Bit of Something

General Fiction

By Janet K Brennan

Publisher : Casa de Snapdragon Publishing LLC

ABOUT Janet K Brennan

Janet K Brennan
Janet K. Brennan: AKA J. B. Stillwater, is a writer and poet who lives in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband, Arthur, and a great gray cat named Amos. Her short stories and poetry have been published around the world. Most recently, " More...



Come in, enjoy a cup of coffee, and sit a spell with Harriet Murphy as she regales you with her tales of family, life, and love in the early 1900's in the former gold mining town of Old Pine near Lake Tahoe in Northern California. This is a period in U.S. history of great mechanical and cultural inventions as well as a time for women attempting to gain their well deserved right to vote.

Her tales revolve around a woman living alone in the hills of the Sierra Nevada with her horse, Pager, and a myriad of other wonderful and colorful characters. Her humble abode is the log cabin that her father built for her family soon after he came across the country in the great gold rush of 1849. Although he never struck it rich in the mines, he found it a unique, yet ideal, place to live and care for his wife and daughter, Henrietta.

The Hardcover version of this book includes 8 pages of pictures of the Sutter's Mill area of California.

Harriet was born in my mind during a three day sabbatical on Long Boat Key, Florida. While walking up the lonely shore in 2004, I began to envision a life in the wilderness and what it would have been like at the turn of the century for a young woman living by herself. Spying a very fat sea gull on the beach, I stopped to photograph it and out of my mouth came the words, “Dang, you are big!” Never having used the word “dang” before, I could not imagine where it had come from. I would soon learn. That following autumn, I visited my sister who had recently bought a home in the foothills of Lake Tahoe in a small, former gold mining and lumber town by the name of Foresthill, California. I was immediately drawn to the area and began gathering as much information as I could regarding its colorful history and the role it played during the huge migration of gold seekers who traveled west to try and find their fame and fortunes in the red hills of the area. It was shortly thereafter that I began to think about what it must have been like for the families who survived the 49ers and began formulating what would become the “Harriet Murphy Stories.”

Reviewer's Choice - Midwest Book Review
Life at the turn of the twentieth century was full of its own intriguing adventures. "Harriet Murphy: A Little Bit of Something" is a series of short stories following titular character Harriet Murphy as she deals with life in a small town in the Sierra Nevada as she finds her own niche in life surrounded by truly unique and intriguing characters. A story sure to invoke much entertainment, "Harriet Murphy" is a collection that is sure to please.
  The Midwest Book Review