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The Blue Hour

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  45 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
What is the Blue Hour?

For Penny Powell, it's the time when Father doesn't Know Best. It's the morning after Queen for a Day. It's 1959, the year when she becomes the family barometer, absorbing for later reflection every rise and dip in the homefront weather. When her parents buy a house that matches her father's ambitions--if not his wallet--her mother must reinvent herse
Paperback, First Front Porch Paperback Edition, 347 pages
Published November 1995 by Algonquin Books (first published 1994)
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Feb 18, 2015 Sheila rated it liked it
Innocents Go Abroad, Encounter Fast Crowd; One Dies

I think this banner headline pretty much frames the plot of this story. Except the innocents in this case are the adults, the parents of the narrarator, 10-year old Penny Powell, in the late 50s/early 60s.

Dad is a dreamer trying to create his own way in the world, constantly falling in with the wrong sort of business partners. Chubby, dowdy Mom seems to be a rather inept and infantile sort, constantly rushing about trying to keep Dad feeling wan
Jul 09, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
So this is the kind of book Shannon likes. Cant say I blame her. The story of a ten-year-old girl whos family moves into the good part of town, a famous house, in Meander, Illinois maybe? Midwest, anyway. Her father has rather erratic luck in his business: some of his new projects work out fine, others crash and burn. This is a family of women used to placating the man. Dotty, the mother, is overweight, shy, and constantly apologetic. The elder sister is struggling with a weight problem of her o ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maureen Anderson
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The most extrinsic child ever, Penny soaks up and overreacts to everything that goes on around her between adults in her life. The plot drags a bit, but the last hundred pages fly by. The Blue Hour is a wonderful character study and is very nuanced.
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Sep 08, 2014 Brian Hoffman rated it liked it
Nice beach read
My classmate gave it to me for our Christmas party back in third year high school. She was the one who picked my name, and gave me two books from Book Sale. I doubt if she even spent the actual cost we agreed on for them, because honestly, those are pretty bad books.

The Blue Hour was boring. Didn't finish it.
Jan 16, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
I read this book many years ago, the story and characters have stayed with me.
Dec 09, 2012 Pam added it
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10 year old tells of life in 1959 Sad family falls apart
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Elizabeth Evans was born, raised, and educated in Iowa. She attended Cornell College and the University of Iowa, where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Evans is the author of six books of fiction: As Good As Dead (March 2015), Rowing in Eden, Carter Clay, which was selected by the Los Angeles Times Book Review for the Best Books of 1999, and The Blue Hour, w
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