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The Edge of the Earth

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  1,931 Ratings  ·  386 Reviews
From the author of Drowning Ruth, a haunting, atmospheric novel set at the closing of the frontier about a young wife who moves to a far-flung and forbidding lighthouse where she uncovers a life-changing secret.

Trudy is a polished, college-educated young woman from a respectable upper middle-class family, and it’s only a matter of time before she’ll marry Ernst, the son o
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Atria Books
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Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
i LOVED this story! Had a flight to DC and started it sitting at airport and did NOT want to put it down! Beautiful story, takes place in the 1890's. Trudy, raised in a well to do family in Milwaukee, her life pretty well planned out, marriage and family suddenly falls for the brother of her fiance! and even more suddenly, finds herself traveling across the country to the coast of California, current day Big Sur to be the wife of a lighthouse keeper! Remote is not even the word to describe where ...more
Dec 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
The Edge of the Earth is a difficult read. At no point is it swiftly paced to keep you interested or riveted. It plods along in a greyness with very little vibrancy. It does not elicit any real emotion from the reader until well past the 200 page mark.

Understanding when the novel takes place is important to the development of the characters and story. Trudy is likeable enough. Unhappy at home, uncertain of her choices later on. She relies on her infallible husband and stands behind his increasin
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anyone that knows my preferences in reading material would never dare suggest this book as one for me to read.
Sometimes the bad decisions we make, lead to discoveries we didn't know about ourselves.
Trudy is a young well-educated lady living in Wisconsin in 1898.
Her life is pretty well pre-planed in that she will be marying her lifetime friend Ernst in a double wedding with her best friend and she'll live happily ever after. However when Ernst's brother Oskar returns from a long absence and start
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Christina Schwarz since reading Drowning Ruth, so I was excited to receive an Advance Reader's Copy of her upcoming novel, The Edge of the Earth. Ms. Schwarz has a flair for her vivid descriptions of her novel's locations-in this case a remote lighthouse on the California Pacific coast in the late 1890's. There, young newlywed Trudy Swann, who gave up a pampered and privledged life in Wisconsin to follow her husband west, learns unexpected truths about herself, her husband a ...more
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book for a rainy weekend. Semi-isolation on a rocky lighthouse island with a few strange residents. Lots of foggy atmosphere. Brilliantly written. Characters that are as deep as the surrounding ocean. I LOVE this book. This was my first introduction to Christina Schwarz and now I want to read everything else she's written.
It is 1898 and Trudy is a well-educated young woman living with her parents in Milwaukee, having some doubts about her long-time planned future. Engaged to be married to Ernst Dettweiler after her graduation from Milwaukee College, her life is set up to be one of the ease, comfort, and predictability that mirrors her parents' lives. She wonders if there isn't something more exciting, more meaningful, and when she meets Oskar Swann, she falls in love with the man who she believes can give her the ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, to-trade
Eyiyiyiyi! At first I thought I was going to throw this over the railing of the ship myself! The switching back and forth in time was making me sea sick. The wimpyness of Trudy made me want to throttle her. But then I realized that she just did not know how to make good choices neither did Oskar, he just wanted to show off. .
Oskar was an idiot. She just couldn't see it. Neither could anyone else. He wanted fame and fortune but had no way of obtaining it. He was going to get it at any expense. T
Colleen Lahey
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Secrets and more secrets....
I liked this book very much. I loved the way the book opened with the youngest daughter, Jane, narrating the chapter. It was soft and appealing and served as a great springboard into the story of Trudy. Trudy's story kept me very interested throughout the entire book. As a reader, you know the author is leading into many secrets but she doesn't disclose them until she is ready. I totally disliked Trudy's husband and wanted to shake her to wake her up so she could 'see
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
In "The Edge of the Earth," Christina Schwarz weaves a story around a remote island off the west coast in the very late 1800s. The inhabitants of the island are few but they are all connected. Even though there are very few people on the island, there is still an unknown entity there. I really enjoyed this fantastic historical fiction story.

This book is very much a character driven story. I enjoyed reading about the characters even if I didn't like all of them. I really liked the main character,
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

Finished at beach, June 24, ’13 Christina Schwarz’s The Edge of the Earth.
Powerful story of a young woman’s effort to break the mold of convention in early 20th century, to make an adventurous new life for herself by first attaching herself to an intellectually and emotionally compelling inventor. This marriage leads her to a life tending for a lighthouse lamp with a strange family with four children, the brother of the wife and a woman living in the cave beyond the “edge of the earth.” The sett
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