Very little is actually known (Google for more) about Charlie Parkhurst's life, so novelist Karen Kondazian had a lot of wiggle room. But she tells an interesting, if mostly imagined, tale.
What I took away from reading The Whip is the reminder that people have always lived alternative lifestyles, have always lived with secrets. We are--and were--human, after all.
Continuing with my minor (major?) obsession with mid-nineteenth century California history, I also recently read What I Saw In California by Edwin Bryant who went on to become the second alcalde (Spanish, similar to "mayor" but with a broader scope) of San Francisco. He traveled in California just after the US conquest in 1846 and into 1847. These first-hand accounts fascinate me, though besides the descriptions of the countryside, I always read them with a grain of salt. They are usually quite culturally biased.
I totally flaked on Turn the Page ... Tuesday this month, but please, stop by there now and check out what the gals are reading!