The Quickening

The Quickening

A Novel

Book - 2010
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A July 2010 Indie Next Pick

Enidina Current and Mary Morrow live on neighboring farms in the flat, hard country of the upper Midwest during the early 1900s. This hardscrabble life comes easily to some, like Eddie, who has never wanted more than the land she works and the animals she raises on it with her husband, Frank. But for the deeply religious Mary, farming is an awkward living and at odds with her more cosmopolitan inclinations. Still, Mary creates a clean and orderly home life for her stormy husband, Jack, and her sons, while she adapts to the isolation of a rural town through the inspiration of a local preacher. She is the first to befriend Eddie in a relationship that will prove as rugged as the ground they walk on.nbsp; Despite having little in common, Eddie and Mary need one another for survival and companionship. But as the Great Depression threatens, the delicate balance of their reliance on one another tips, pitting neighbor against neighbor, exposing the dark secrets they hide from one another, and triggering a series of disquieting events that threaten to unravel not only their friendship but their families as well.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;In this luminous and unforgettable debut, Michelle Hoover explores the polarization of the human soul in times of hardship and the instinctual drive for self-preservation by whatever means necessary. The Quickening stands as a novel of lyrical precision and historical consequence, reflecting the resilience and sacrifices required even now in our modern troubled times.

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Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781590513460
Branch Call Number: HOOVE
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 06, 2017

One reviewer of this novel called it a brilliant debut, great prose and imagery. It is well written enough but just plain weird and confusing. The author's style is elitist - the kind of book that makes you think the author needs to confuse people to make him or herself seem like they are a good writer - above the reader's head. I got to the end because their is a mystery in the story that makes you want to keep going but to be honest it was a time.

Jun 07, 2012

This unremittingly sad, dreary story is so depressing I couldn’t bear it. It seems to be more about relationships and motherhood than about history, though is very descriptive about what life was like on a farm. Not particularly historical.

SecretAgent Jun 23, 2011

A very easy, quick read - pretty good for a debut novel.

Jan 22, 2011

A realistic depiction of farmers during the great Depression

Jan 12, 2011

In a debut novel, the author easily transports the reader to another time and place. The ongoing struggle of rural farm life, the isolation and the lonliness were all illustrated beautifully through her words.

Narrated through the voices of two main characters, in flux between friendship, competition and hatred, the reader watches the events of the story unfold, but in an indirect and sometimes confusing way.

This was well written and I have no major complaints about it, but at the same time, I'm not thrilled about it either. I would recommend it to select readers only who appreciate this type of story.

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