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Threads by Charlotte Whitney
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bookshelves: historical-fiction, historical-mystery, author, read-2020, young-adult-teen

THREADS: A DEPRESSION ERA TALE by Charlotte Whitney is an engaging historical fiction novel set in 1934 with an epilogue set in 1974. This story is told from the perspectives of three sisters living on a farm in Michigan. Nellie is seven years old and has a fantastic imagination. Irene is eleven, overconfident, believes she is the smartest student at her school, and frequently finds faults in others. Seventeen-year-old Flora wants to get married. Short chapters alternate between the three sisters’ perspectives and reflections on the days.

The Great Depression was a tough time economically for most. In addition to the stock market crash and bank failures, farmers faced draught and over-production which led to reduced prices. The sisters’ family faced true hardship from working hard on the family farm to having very little to eat to peddling eggs and garden vegetables in town. However, there were other dangers including a variety of crimes and rumors.

The author used local dialect throughout the novel and included a note at the front of the book about her reasons for doing so. Once I got into the flow of the novel, it did not detract from my reading enjoyment. Ms. Whitney did a great job of painting the picture of the lives of the sisters, their family, and the surrounding community. Her characterization of the three sisters was consistent and provided a lot of depth. She obviously did a lot of research to ensure historical accuracy. Themes include family, school, pleasure from the small jobs of life, hardships, murder, love, survival, sexual assault, work ethics and much more.

Overall, the story is moving, fascinating and skillfully done. I hope that Ms. Whitney decides to write more historical fiction novels.

Thanks to Charlotte Whitney for a complimentary copy of this novel and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
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Reading Progress

January 29, 2020 – Started Reading
January 29, 2020 – Shelved
February 7, 2020 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
February 7, 2020 – Shelved as: historical-mystery
February 7, 2020 – Shelved as: author
February 7, 2020 – Shelved as: read-2020
February 7, 2020 – Shelved as: young-adult-teen
February 7, 2020 – Finished Reading

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