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The Canning Season by Polly Horvath
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Oct 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: slis-5425
Read in September, 2011

The Canning Season is a wonderfully understated book. With quick, sharp humor, and a near-absence of intrusive modern technology, Horvath tells a story of two girls' coming of age, intertwined with life, death, and the making a family that hinges less on biology and more on love. It may be difficult at first to comprehend Tilly and Penpen's at times off-the-wall behavior, but anyone with elderly relatives should be familiar with how things said don't always quite make sense.

When Rachet comes to stay with her great-aunts in Maine, she has no idea what to expect - but what she finds is the family she has been unknowingly yearning for her whole life. Despite bears in the woods, a near-complete lack of electricity, and several weeks of non-stop blueberry canning, Rachet finds time to consider her life and what she wants from it. And when she makes her decision regarding her future, she has taken her first step into adulthood.
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