Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.
Clara Cartwright, 18 years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara's father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care and Clara is committed to the public asylum. Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara's story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother's violent act? Piecing together Clara's fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices - with shocking and unexpected results.
©2014 Ellen Marie Wiseman (P)2014 Tantor
The story moved along at a pace which is about my cup of tea. I thought more of the mysteries were going to tie together than they did, but...if I want that I guess I should write a book. It was easy to follow and distracting enough for the commute to work and back. The reader was very unusual. Ms Gilbert has perfect diction, I mean, when she read the line, "I liked to go there," you could clearly hear both the 'd' in 'liked' and the 't' in 'to' separately. She doesn't seemed strained at the level of perfection. But one character was read as continuously anxious. Every line of the character was worried and fearful and nervous. I supposed there was a slight difference between scared and terrified, but it got very old for me - like listening to a whiny child - because it was a main character. I suppose that if Sandra Bullock hyperventilating for 2 straight hours in the movie Gravity didn't bother you, then this won't either. It just diminished my enjoyment of the book a bit.
Definitely in my top ten...and my library contains over 2000 audio books!
I am afraid to answer this because I don't want to give anything away. The ending was beautiful, but there were so many moving points in the story!
Izzy was my favorite in the modern story and Clara was definitely my favorite overall.
I'm not creative enough to do this justice--my failing, not the book's!
I HIGHLY recommend this! I almost never give a book 5 stars!
Women who preserve.
After a little bit of a slow start, I could not stop listening!!!!
Really enjoyed the female characters but the male characters a little less; hence, the 4 starts. Overall very good.
Thank GOD it is 2014 and mental institutions are somewhat better managed and mental conditions are better treated.
The story was decent. The narrator was horrible! The male lead sounded like Count dracular. I was interested in the characters.
Anyone would be better. She gave a terrible Italian accent to the male lead. Her voice was whiney and breathy.
Very disappointed with this author. It was my first book. Not sure if I would try another.
All the twists. Just when I think I knew what direction the story was going I was proven wrong
No. It was wonderful
Oh yes. Very hard to put down
I did not think I would like this book as much as I did. I was not disappointed at all. In fact I was pleasantly surprised
She reads too dramatically......much too eager.
Maybe a teenage girl would be thrilled by it.
Audible should warn listeners when a book is meant for teenagers who like horror. This book certainly is not for adults.
This book started out a bit slow and I had a hard time get past the narrator but I am so glad I did! It blew me away. I could not stop listening. I was so anxious to find out what happened to Claire. I don't want to give anything away but I am so very glad I got this book. I plan on reading the author's previous one now. This book made me do a bit of research and I was horrified to learn just how easy it was to put a woman in a mental institute back then and was horrified to read and hear of "treatments". This is a must listen too.
I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.
I loved this book from beginning to end. The author Ellen Marie Wiseman did an excellent job intertwining two eras together. I would like to have known about Claire's parents more during her 'hospital stay'. But I was very very happy with this book and I will certainly listen to it again. The narrator Tavia Gilbert did an excellent job as well. I will recommend this book to all of my friends.
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