I can understand why this was awarded The Pulitzer Prize. Geraldine Brooks has written a masterpiece that is full of complicated characters and eloqueI can understand why this was awarded The Pulitzer Prize. Geraldine Brooks has written a masterpiece that is full of complicated characters and eloquent passages. I don't think I can even do this novel justice in a review but I will try.
March is the main character and for those who haven't read "Little Women" he is their father who has gone away to the American Civil War as a chaplain. In "Little Women" he is a minor character but here Brooks has given him a back story. At first he is somewhat naïve and idealistic although good and kind. He makes mistakes that he later comes to regret deeply yet as the reader I felt he was only reacting as many would if thrust into war where people committed not only acts of bravery but also of terrible cruelty.
In fact this novel seems to mirror events that are still taking place in our current world and have happened since the beginning of time.
In "Little Women", Marmee is portrayed as almost saintly. But here Brooks paints her as a women with very complicated feelings who is horrified at slavery yet is torn about her husband going off to war at the age of almost 40.
The events that unfold show the atrocities committed by both the Rebel and Union soldiers yet there are acts of kindness.
A very emotional and inspiring read and will give me something more to think about when I re-read "Little Women"....more
An interesting read about the first Native American to graduate from Harvard in 1665. As the author notes very little is know about Caleb so the storyAn interesting read about the first Native American to graduate from Harvard in 1665. As the author notes very little is know about Caleb so the story is told from the viewpoint of the fictional character, Bethia Mayfield. The Mayfield family were Puritans and did in fact settle on what would become Martha's Vineyard although there was no daughter.
I found it fascinating that the author was able to tell this story in the language of the Puritans and the Native Americans. I've read very little historical fiction on the Puritans but it did seem authentic. In fact at times it was brutal to read of how difficult their lives were and the ways in which females were treated and dealt with. There was much oppression of women and also prejudice between the cultures of the Native Americans and the settlers.
I would definitely recommend this book to any who are interested in this historical part of America.
Loved this book! I was so fortunate to be #1 on our library's e-book wish list. I finished it 2 days ago and have been thinking about it ever since. ALoved this book! I was so fortunate to be #1 on our library's e-book wish list. I finished it 2 days ago and have been thinking about it ever since. A lovely story about a man in his late 30's, a widower, and owner of a bookstore. As has been stated in other reviews, this is a book for booklovers!
At first I was put off by the character of A.J. Fikry. He is somewhat quirky and not exactly pleasant to be around. But the author did a wonderful job of letting you slowly start to understand his personality and outlook on life. Plus this book is full of so many interesting secondary characters. I didn't want their stories to end.
I don't want to post any spoilers. An incredible, heartwarming novel that shows how the people in our lives shape us. ...more
I read this not knowing until the end that the characters and events were based on true history. What a powerful and emotional read!
The main characteI read this not knowing until the end that the characters and events were based on true history. What a powerful and emotional read!
The main character, Sarah, is "gifted" her own slave, Hetty, on her birthday. Sarah is a young girl who abhors slavery but she soon finds out that in the South it is almost impossible for her to set the young slave free. Sarah and Hetty grow up together and although their paths take different directions, they share a special bond.
The story is told in alternating POVs by both Sarah and Hetty. The descriptions of the slave's punishments and torture is not graphic but still heartbreaking in it's honesty. Sarah longs for the right to make her own decisions for her life, not only in freeing slaves, but helping her sister and other women to follow their own hearts and voice their own opinions. Sarah and her youngest sister, Nina, become outspoken on the issues of slavery, racial equality and all women's rights. They become "infamous", even in the North, due to their radical beliefs.
Hetty's story is very emotional as she is determined to not let her life as a slave define who she is. She learns to read and is defiant in her actions which leads to horrific events. She gets her strength from her mother, Charlotte. Charlotte is a fictional character but very important in the telling as she represents the threads to their roots in Africa. She and many other female slaves who could not read or write told their lives through "story quilts" where each square depicted something important to pass down to their children.
This was a pleasant surprise! I "purchased" it and the third book in the series for free from Amazon some time ago. Was very good and I'm looking forwThis was a pleasant surprise! I "purchased" it and the third book in the series for free from Amazon some time ago. Was very good and I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd one in the series as a library loan.
This is a historical mystery series that takes place in Leadville, Colorado in the late 1870's and early 1880's during the Silver Rush. The main character, Inez Stannert, owns a saloon with her missing husband's partner, Abe Jackson. Actually the back story of her husband is only a small part of the book. The actual mystery concerns the murdered husband of Inez's friend.
What drew me into the story were the details of life in Leadville, which was actually a real mining town, and the interactions between the numerous characters. Inez is a complicated woman who's past is revealed a little at a time. In fact most of the characters have "shady" pasts and that is part of the charm of the book. I almost felt like I was reading an episode from the TV show "Maverick" although this is a much grittier telling of the West.
I put off reading this even though it was so widely praised as I didn't want to be disappointed. Well I was NOT disappointed! What a wonderful first nI put off reading this even though it was so widely praised as I didn't want to be disappointed. Well I was NOT disappointed! What a wonderful first novel from this author.
Set in Jackson, Mississippi, it's a heartwarming story of 3 different women who will eventually come together to tell their versions of what it is like to be a black maid taking care of white families. Against this is the back story of the on going Civil Rights movement. Even though I grew up on the West coast since I am now in my 60's I remember many of these events. The author does a wonderful job of capturing the voices of all of the characters. ...more
A sweet, heartwarming story set in post WW2 Ireland and Brooklyn. Eilis Lacey lives in Ireland with her Mother and older sister; she is unable to findA sweet, heartwarming story set in post WW2 Ireland and Brooklyn. Eilis Lacey lives in Ireland with her Mother and older sister; she is unable to find any job other then in a shop although she is very good with business math. A priest from USA comes to her village and offers to sponsor her if she will emigrate to Brooklyn, work in a retail store and take accounting classes in the evening.
This is a very simply written story yet I felt that I was almost in Eilis's mind and could feel and understand her deep homesickness and loneliness. She eventually meets a young Italian man, Tony, and they begin a courtship. Tony was my favorite character and the descriptions of their relationship and his family were also my favorite part of the story. ...more