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The Silver Baron's Wife traces the rags-to-riches-to-rags life of Colorado's Baby Doe Tabor (Lizzie). This fascinating heroine worked in the silver mines and had two scandalous marriages, one to a philandering opium addict and one to a Senator and silver baron worth $24 million in the late 19th century. 

A divorcée shunned by Denver society, Lizzie raised two daughters in a villa where 100 peacocks roamed the lawns, entertained Sarah Bernhardt when the actress performed at Tabor's Opera House, and after her second husband's death, moved to a one-room shack at the Matchless Mine in Leadville. She lived the last 35 years of her life there, writing down thousands of her dreams and noting visitations of spirits on her calendar. Hers is the tale of a fiercely independent woman who bucked all social expectations by working where 19th century women didn't work, becoming the key figure in one of the West's most scandalous love triangles, and, after a devastating stock market crash destroyed Tabor's vast fortune, living in eccentric isolation at the Matchless Mine. An earlier version of this novel won the PEN/New England Discovery Award in Fiction.

©2016 Donna Baier Stein (P)2021 Donna Baier Stein

Critic Reviews

"In this eloquent novel, Stein portrays the independent, eccentric, and resilient woman known as Baby Doe, a legendary figure from Colorado's silver boom.... Baier Stein's blend of love story, scandal, and mystical experience is satisfying and entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)

"Explosive, gripping and romantic.... An absorbing read about a fiercely independent woman who charted her own course only to find herself paying the price." (Talia Carner, The Third Daughter)

"An artistic, sympathetic imagining of the life of a 19th-century woman who made headlines for all the wrong reasons." (Kirkus Reviews)

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