Mildred Walker was immediately recognized for the quality of her first fiction in 1934. Fireweed won the prestigious Avery and Jule Hopwood Award. The setting is a small lumber town in Upper Michigan, the stomping grounds of Paul Bunyan and the giants of Swedish, German, and Finnish lore. Young Celie and her husband, Joe Linsen, are the children of Scandinavian pioneers. R...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Bison Books
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Fireweed is the story of a young woman who grows up in a logging/mill town on the upper peninsula of Michigan. Cele has big dreams of leaving the town for Detroit or any city; she marries Joe who works at the lumber mill with the hope that they will both leave. Two children arrive and it becomes clear that Joe wants to stay on at the mill. Set during the beginning days of the Great Depression, Cele’s restlessness and loneliness play a major role in the story. The character is somewhat reminiscen...more
Good depiction of life in a lumbering town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the depression era. Heroine is the prettiest girl in town who has big dreams and wants to get out of this town and go to the city. Of course, her hopes are dashed and she gets pregnant and has to stay. There's a lot of description to wade through. Characters are fairly well drawn, but the story is really innocent by today's standards.