I have edited my original review of this book. Because while I,
personally desired a different reaction from the main character, Kathrin, I've come to realize she behaved the way most young women in the 1800's would have.
Kathrin is a young woman whose inability to think "outside the box" of traditional ideas, leds her to make some very bad decisions. By the time she realizes this, the course has been set and circumstances are such her options have become quite limited.
Kathrin causes not only herself a great deal of unnecessary anguish, but tremendous emotional pain for Violet Waverly, as well.
The book ends before the two main characters meet again, but
knowing the characters so well by that time, I felt happiness
was surely within reach.
Summit Avenue: A Novel Paperback – 1 May 2000
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- Paperback : 3 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1566890977
- ISBN-13 : 978-1566890977
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.27 x 21.59 cm
- Publisher : Coffee House Pr (1 May 2000)
- Language: : English
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From the very first page of this book, I felt as if I were in a lovely trance. I responded to it on a deeply personal level, as a writer who loves language, as a woman, as a person who is enchanted with tales as a window into human experience. I felt as if Mary Sharratt had written this book uniquely for me, but I know that many, many others will feel the same way. Others have summarized the plot so I don't need to go into that here. This is one of the books on my shelf that will surely show the tatters of a hundred more readings in years to come.
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