Award-winning author Nevada Barr reveals another side to her remarkable storytelling prowess with this heart-wrenching yet tender tale of two women whose boundless devotion to each other is continually challenged in nineteenth century America.
Navada Barr is the award-winning author of seven Anna Pigeon mysteries:Track of the Cat, A Superior Death, Ill Wind, Firestorm,Endangered Species, Blind Descent, and Liberty Falling. She lives in Mississippi and was most recently a ranger on the Natchez Trace Parkway
Now, i could be completely off the mark, I am a straight male. Just my opinion.
It took too long for the story to get going, but once it did, it moved right along and kept my attention. During the time in Caliope and Reno, the story was pretty good and well-written, containing all the best elements of an adventurous life in the West. But after the girls moved out to Round Hole, it started going downhill, all the way to the terrible ending, which was swift and abrupt and lame. The charade that they try to maintain throughout the last third of the book is completely unbelievable and more than a little ridiculous. I thought it was a very poor way to get the two women out of a difficult situation and it just didn't work at all. Still, except for the last part of the book and the unconvincing relationship that develops between the two friends, I thought this was a pretty good story.
I fell in love with the two heroines, Imogene, a teacher, and Sarah, her student, who ends up in a loveless and brutal marriage. They love each other and are persecuted by narrow-minded people who claim their love is unnatural and sinful. This hostility forces them to bond together, to hide their true feelings, and to move from place to place. The author does a great job of presenting this relationship in the context of the 19th Century, and yet provides a deeper look into the daily lives of these women than would be possible from historic sources of the time.
Truly an inspiring story of the power of love and the strength that comes from a loving relationship.
This is THE most realistic novel I think I have ever read.
The lives of the two main characters, Imogene and Sarah, and people's reactions to their love for each other, and how it effects their lives--is right on the money.
They have almost impossible odds to overcome. They do find some
happiness, but just like in real life--everything isn't sunshine and rosebuds.
The only disappointment I had with this book was that the hetersexual acts were graphically reported, but we are denied
the sexual side of the lesbianism.