PRAIRIE FIRES

The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser

PRAIRIE FIRES

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE!

“A fantastic book. Prairie Fires represents a significant milestone in our understanding of Wilder’s life, work, and legacy.”
—Wendy McClure, author of The Wilder Life


Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told.

Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.

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