However it worked out and has come to pass, we are delighted to this afternoon present Caroline Fraser, winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, here for her magnificent book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Picador USA), almost literally as it becomes available in paperback.
“An absorbing new biography [that] deserves recognition as an essential text.... For anyone who has drifted into thinking of Wilder’s ‘Little House’ books as relics of a distant and irrelevant past, reading Prairie Fires will provide a lasting cure.... Meanwhile, ‘Little House’ devotees will appreciate the extraordinary care and energy Fraser brings to uncovering the details of a life that has been expertly veiled by myth.” —The New York Times Book Review.
“Unforgettable... A magisterial biography, which surely must be called definitive. Richly documented (it contains 85 pages of notes), it is a compelling, beautifully written story.... One of the more interesting aspects of this wonderfully insightful book is its delineation of the fraught relationship between Wilder and her deeply disturbed, often suicidal daughter.”—Booklist.
Prairie Fires was also one of the New York Times Book Review’s prestigious ‘10 Best Books of the Year,’ as well as the best of year lists for several other publications. Caroline Fraser is also the editor of the Library of America volume of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book and the the author of Rewilding the World and God’s Perfect Child.