The Chili Queen

A Novel

Sandra Dallas

St. Martin's Griffin

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Life may have been hard on Addie French, but when she meets friendless Emma Roby on a train, all her protective instincts emerge. Emma's brother is seeing her off to Nalgitas to marry a man she has never met. And Emma seems like a lost soul to Addie-someone who needs Addie's savvy and wary eye. It isn't often that Addie is drawn to anyone as a friend, but Emma seems different somehow. When Emma's prospective fails to show up at the train depot, Addie breaks all her principles to shelter the girl at her brothel, The Chili Queen. But once Emma enters Addie's life, the secrets that unfold and schemes that are hatched cause both women to question everything they thought they knew. With Sandra Dallas's trademark humor, charm, and pathos, The Chili Queen will satisfy anyone who has ever longed for happiness.
 
The Chili Queen is the winner of the 2003 Spur Award for Best Western Novel.

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THE CHILI QUEEN (Chapter One)

As the train pulled into the shabby station at Palestine, Kansas, the pinch-faced farmers and their wives in their rusty black-wool best lined up along the tracks like the teeth of a rake. In the Kansas heat, three boys slumped on an empty baggage cart in the shade of the depot, too listless even to tie a tin can to a cat's tail. A bitch in heat wouldn't draw a yellow dog under that sun, Addie French thought, as she shaded her eyes from the hurtful glare of the prairie, which was bleached the dirty white of worn underwear.

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"Dallas’s sixth ... is as satisfying as a John Ford movie, with just the right touches of humor and period detail."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Dallas weaves a beguiling plot and creates engaging characters and dialogue.... The zesty, offbeat charm of life among these undesirables in the seedy West keeps this tale moving smartly."
--Publishers Weekly

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THE CHILI QUEEN by Sandra Dallas | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE CHILI QUEEN . Varmints and vixens . . . way out west, circa the 1880s.
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Sandra Dallas

Award-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. She is the author of The Bride’s House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale and Tallgrass, among others. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and the two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. For 25 years, Dallas worked as a reporter covering the Rocky Mountain region for Business Week, and started writing fiction in 1990. She lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado.

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The Chili Queen
A Novel
Sandra Dallas

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Mountain & Plains Booksellers Association - Nominee, Spur Awards - Winner, WILLA Literary Award - Finalist

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
September 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312320263
ISBN10: 0312320264
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$15.99

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St. Martin's Press
September 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429903394
ISBN10: 1429903392
304 pages
$9.99
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