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All This, and Heaven Too by Rachel Field
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Sep 29, 08

bookshelves: fiction-2008
Read in September, 2008

A sentimental favorite. I can't remember exactly how I came to own a copy of this book, but I think I picked it up in a thrift shop many years ago, and recognized it as the source material for the Bette Davis film of the same name.

Field is better known as the Newbery-winning author of Hitty: Her First Hundred Years. It's been a long time since I read All This, and Heaven Too; I didn't remember that Field was writing about her own relative (by marriage) and her own famous family in the novel. Field fails to win any points for style--to me, it's very obvious that this is a novel of its time in a way that isn't necessarily positive. It is, however, a well-imagined retelling of historic events and an interesting inside look into one of those incredible New England families that seem so characteristic of the 19th century.

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