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Homestead by Rosina Lippi
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Jun 14, 11

bookshelves: austria, hf, kirkus, text-checked
Read from June 01 to 02, 2011


NO SPOILERS!!!

This novel is about the relationships between women in a remote Austrian village. It starts before WW1 and continues through the 1970s. The central theme is the women's lives and their relationships to each other, many of which were tied by family bonds: mothers, daughters, grandmothers, cousins, half-sisters and as the years pass great-great-grandchildren. As in any family there are the grumps, the beauties, the intellectuals and each is accepted for what they are. I, the reader, felt as an intruder. I never felt welcome inside the fold. The book made me a bit jealous of what these women could draw from each other. It made me feel lonely and uncomfortable.

It is a novel, although based on true stories the author was told when she spent several years in small western Austrian villages studying dialects. You do not learn much abou specific dialects. Family trees are provided at the back of the book to help you keep track of who is who.
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