“The girls were rebelling. The girls were acting out. The girls had run away from home, that much was clear. They were trying on a version of themselves that the world had thus far shown them was “boy.” . . . Cowboys, sailors, pirates, hitchhikers, hobos, train hoppers, explorers, catchers in the rye, lords of the flies—you name it, all the dominion of boys. If you wanted a place in the narrative, you had to imagine yourself inside of it.”—Rebecca Bengal The North American frontier is an enduring symbol of romance, rebellion, escape, and freedom. At the same time, it’s...
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