Each story chapter is 142 words, one for every year of Spokane’s history. The chapters are split into three parts, each narrated by a distinct Spokane woman: a Palus woman (nameless); a suffragist named May; and a prostitute killed by Robert Lee Yates (also nameless). Enormous fictional liberties are taken with each retelling.
As a whole, the story explores the kaleidoscopic range of female identity and experience.
The last chapter speaks to the author’s guilt and hesitancy in telling the stories of these women at all, whether or not their presence is fictional.
The photographs and links below are meant only to give further detail to the events and people that informed and inspired the narrative; they are not an indication of the story’s historical exactitude.