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The Other Anna
Three generations of women fall prey to the ecstasy and danger of desire. Anna Berter is a teenager growing up in a privileged home in Iowa just before World War I. Anna's life is dominated by two women: her stern mother and her adoring Scottish housekeeper, "the Old One," who fills Anna's imagination with Celtic legends and songs. But Anna's years of idyllic innocence end ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 2nd 1999 by Harper Perennial
(first published April 1st 1993)
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The book is set in Iowa starting in the year 1910 when the main character Anna is 12 years old. She lives in an upper class household with her father who is a doctor and mother a social matron who is always referred to as "The Prussian". They have 2 housekeepers, Mrs. Selchie (The Old One) and her granddaughter Edwina. Even at this point in the book Anna is not close to her mother but has a very close relationship with Mrs. Selchie. Still, everyone seems to be getting along OK until a young man, ...more
This is one of those books I have a hard time really enjoying...I only liked one character (Anna) and the other characters just frustrated me. It's difficult for me to read a book when I really only care about one of the characters. The mother (The Prussian) was horrible...I did not like her and could not force myself to see things from her perspective. The father annoyed me because he would not stand up to his wife. The character who I found to be the most interesting was Rafferty...the suppose ...more