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First published: 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Length: 403 pages

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

Based on the true story of Cathy/Cathay Williams, the only woman to serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers and the first to enlist in the peacetime U.S. military.

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is Sarah Bird at her very best—witty, heartbreaking, and deeply honest. The carefully researched, richly imagined story of Cathy Williams is a beautiful reminder of a forgotten part of women’s history. You’ll be swept away by the passion and power of this remarkable, trailblazing woman who risked everything to follow her own heart.”

Kristin Hannah, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author

“Sarah Bird takes a few scant lines from history—fragments, really, the barest of bones that have come down to us of Cathy Williams, slave, freedwoman, U.S. Calvary trooper—and spins from them this magnificent imagining of a flesh-and-blood, heart-and-soul Cathy Williams who fears and loves and wants and hurts just as fiercely as any of us. This wonderful novel is as rich in the telling as Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man and Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, but Bird is breaking new ground, staking out a whole different territory. What's been lost to time and neglect is surely regained in good measure by this brilliant, powerful novel.”

​Ben FountainNew York Times bestselling author (Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk)​

Best Fiction of 2018, Christian Science Monitor

Favorite Books of 2018, Texas Observer

All-time Best Books About Texas, Austin American-Statesman

Best Fiction September 2018, Bustle

Favorite of the Summer, PopSugar

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Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

“It is rare when a book lives up to being called an epic. The utterly immersive adventure Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is one of only five books I can think of that deserves that accolade.”

Historical Novel Society

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