The Woman Who Walked to RussiaBook - 2002
"Desperate with homesickness, Lillian Alling haunted the New York Public Library studying the atlas to establish the most direct route home to her native Russia. Her English was poor, but she understood the hieroglyphics of cartography. In the spring of 1927, aided only by a hand-drawn map, she started to walk..."From the moment Cassandra Pybus heard the story of Alling's incredible trek, she could not get the story of out of her mind. Was it possible that this young immigrant woman had walked thousands of kilometers across America?Pybus, an award-winning Australian writer, started searching for clues about this enigmatic pedestrian. When her historical sleuthing yielded little, Pybus set out on her own trek to trace Lillian's route through the wilderness of Northwestern Canada and subarctic Alaska to Siberia. The delightful result is a frank and entertaining travel narrative as Pybus pieces together Alling's extraordinary journey and the author and her reluctant travel companion embark on a "Thelma and Louise"-style adventure through the natural beauty and rich history of B.C. and points further north.
Publisher: Toronto : T. Allen Publishers, 2002.
Characteristics: 238 p. :,ill., map ;,20 cm.