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Beyond the Blue

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In a Scottish mill town purged of men by war, four unforgettable women navigate a treacherous time, guided only by the bonds of family and their bold dreams of escape.

In 1918, rainy Dundee is nearly emptied of men. The Great War has left the town’s women both newfound freedom and servitude. They toil in the deadly jute mills, taking in the children of perished family membe
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 16th 2007 by Random House Canada
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Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was wandering up and down the aisles at the library when this book caught my attention. Actually it was cover that caught my attention. It's such a beautiful cover, there's sadness in the girls eyes and I couldn't leave the library without the book.

And just like the cover, the book itself is beautiful and sad. But there was also hope. The women in the story were amazing. The mother, Morag is a very hard working woman who is ill, but doesn't want her girl to suspect how bad (health wise) she tr
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book explores a time wrought with pain and suffering: the characters go through the Spanish influenza, the Industrial Revolution, the World War, and the rise of the suffragettes. The hidden secrets of private lives unfold in the pages of Beyond the Blue, secrets not shared until too late, secrets that harm, and secrets that fester in fear. And yet, remarkably, there is love: love for sisters and cousins and mothers, love for those whose hands we hold in times of strife.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The author had such a poetic style of writing. The imagery was so beautiful and heartwrenching and the story was written with an underlying of hope and possibilites. It was a great read.
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Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful prose and wonderful characters. I suddenly have the desire to visit Scotland and Ireland now, but I feel as though I've already lived there just from reading this book. Bitter sweet. It had me crying by the end. Definitely worth a reread. ...more
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Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Set in Dundee Scotland back in 1911 this is why i liked it. Brought the old country and the way of living during the ist world war home to me.
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Andrea MacPherson, poet and novelist, is the author of six books: three novels, What We Once Believed, Beyond the Blue, and When She Was Electric, and three poetry collections, Ellipses, Away, and Natural Disasters. Her poetry has been anthologized in the UK publication, How the Light Gets In.

When She Was Electric was listed No. 6 on CBC Canada Reads: People’s Choice; Natural Disasters was longlis

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