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In the new novel by Sarah Bird an unknown Buffalo Soldier comes to life – Houston Chronicle

In the new novel by Sarah Bird an unknown Buffalo Soldier comes to life – Houston Chronicle

I already know the Austin writer Sarah Bird, I think, 25 or 30 years. What I did not know until recently is that my friend has been trying for years and longer to tell the lifelike story of a remarkable woman who has almost lost history.

Now, after publishing 10 novels whose characters are air force-brats in Japan, flamenco dancers in Albuquerque, society women in Austin and no-rodeo rodeo artists in Texas and New Mexico and after 40 years of contemplation, ruminating and research, she found out how she can introduce her readers to the only woman known to have served with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers while disguising herself as a man. Sarah's new novel about lifelike Cathy Williams is mentioned Daughter of a daughter of a queen, published by St. Martin & # 39; s Press.

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Making phone calls from the car while her husband George Jones drove to Houston a few days ago – she had lectures at Blue Willow Bookshop and Brazos Bookstore this week – Sarah said she first heard of Cathy (sometimes spelled as Cathay) Williams in the late 1970s. She was doing research in Houston on African-American rodeos, especially the Diamond L Riding & Roping Club by Mollie Stevenson, a few miles south of today's NRG stadium. .

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