Sunday, October 24, 2010

Book #97 of 2010

Book #97 of 2010 was "The Quickening" by Michelle Hoover.

From the time Enidina Current and her husband, Frank, move into the hardscrabble farmhouse a day's wagon ride away from Enidina's family, their closest neighbors, Jack and Mary Morrow, perplex them, though their proximity and shared farm work often bring the two couples together. Sharing the narrative, stoic Enidina struggles through several miscarriages before finally bearing twins, while the more delicate Mary reels from disappointment, most of all in her volatile husband. Moving through the Depression, the families are driven farther apart from each other, even while Mary's youngest spends most of his time in the Current household, until an accident and a betrayal drive the final wedge into their lives.

This is a very gritty and raw novel about the ugliness of being human - the jealousy, the anger and all of the darkness. Hoover does a great job of contrasting her characters against the harsh Depression of the 1930s. The decisions made in this novel will linger in your mind long after you finish it.

Up next is "Adam & Eve" by Sena Jeter Naslund.

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