Herbs and Apples
Herbs and Apples, the novel Helen Hooven Santmyer wrote at the height of her youthful creative powers, is the work that many critics have loved even more than . . . And Ladies of the Club. Laced with nostalgia as well as timeless insight into human character, Santmyer's enchanting novel is as contemporary today as the day it was written.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by St. Martin's Press
(first published 1985)
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This is Santmyer's first novel, written in the 1920s, and re-published after the success of ...And Ladies of the Club. This novel in no way approaches how wonderful ALotC is, but you can see the development of Santmyer as a writer from this first novel. I found it interesting that though this book is written from a first-person perspective, the narrator spends most of the novel describing the childhood and life of another character. While I look forward to re-reading ALotC one day, I don't think...more
This is actually not that good a book, but I liked it because of the way she wrote about her life, well under cover as one of her characters. There was a reality about what was going on that felt accurate, like being part of her history. Her description of her education or how it felt to be part of the War, seemed the way it would have really been and that was interesting to me.
While And Ladies of the Club is her ultimate favorite of mine, I enjoyed exploring all of her writing and liked eveything I read. ALotC though is a five star plus while the tohers I liked well-enough but didn't find thme life-changing or interrupting as CR's gail would have termed it.
Helen Hooven Santmyer was born in 1895 and lived in Xenia, Ohio. In addition to her career as a writer, she worked as an English professor, a dean of women, and a librarian.She was 87 when her novel "And Ladies of the Club" was published as a Book of the Month, and passed away at the age of 90 in February of 1986.She was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1996More about Helen Hooven Santmyer...