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The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
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Jul 02, 07

really liked it
bookshelves: coming-of-age, western-america
Read in July, 2006

Sometimes you just want a story of simplicity. You want to go to a place that reminds you of things about how you grew up and who you grew up among. You want a more recognizable time, even if the recognition is emotional rather than experiential. Maybe you just want a story that is a little less alienating than the one you find yourself in.

The Whistling Season is a lovely book of this kind of unapologetic simplicity: the issues are of character and growth, the characters are quirky and complex, and, like Case Histories’s Olivia Land there is a portrait of affectionate, innocent childhood in sweet Toby Milliron.

This book about the one room schoolhouse is so much more.
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