Kansas City, MO (for now) | Member Since 2012
This book truly portrays the bonds of women's' friendships; the ups and downs, the catty and heroic, the joy and the pain that draws us closer together. Women do not have many life-long friendships, we're often spread too thin taking care of spouses, children, parents, and others "needing" our help. When we have friends who take care of us, these women become our sisters.
The story, as written and read, put me in China in a period where caste systems, filial duty, female helplessness & value only as "trophies," and tasks / infrastructure construction were completed for the elite by hoards of male & female serfs existed(possibly early 20th century).
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder because of the attention to detail and the emotional experiences of the family members.
I loved the scenes where he and his wife were intimate and honest with each other (eg, working together in the fields and his remorse over his inability to express his love to himself & his wife when he learns she is terminally ill).
Looking forward to completing the series!
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to; the story is taut and compelling and Ms Gavin's narration is pitch perfect.
The bleakness of the late fall and winter Ozarks correspond perfectly with the lives of crushing poverty and lack of professional prospects experienced by most of the people in this novel. I live in west-central Missouri and winter here is cold, wind scrubbed, grey, and bleak. Mr Woodrell captured this numbing environment perfectly.
Her description and accents are spot on.
Amazing story of strength and love in a setting that crushes all but the best!
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