Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Quickening by Michelle Hoover (#34

The Quickening by Michelle Hoover is a beautifully crafted though very sad book set in the early 1900's Great Plains. Eddie and Mary are two wives who develop a relationship based on their proximity in spite of their very different personalities and backgrounds. Their lives intersect in so many ways as they meet the challenge of taking care of their families, dealing with the Great Depression, and a situation affecting both of them profoundly and from which they never fully recover. I loved this book, and I will think of it often, but it is very sad. Makes me think about the grandmothers and great grandmothers I never knew and what they must have endured and suffered.

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