Etta by Gerald Kolpan. Ballantine Books (March 24, 2009)
What amazing imagination and skill Gerald Kolpan has! He has artfully created an entire life for the nearly unknown Etta Place, a compatriot of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Kolpan used the known timeline of real-life people to create a rich, fascinating story of love and adventure, but little to none of the detail is true. I had to constantly remind myself of this while reading. I imagine the real Etta Place would love for this to be her true life story. If you aren't a fan of westerns, don't let that deter you. This book is far more than a western. It's a beautiful tale about a remarkable woman, and the best historical fiction I've read since The 19th Wife. I would recommend this book to any reader.