The Quickening

The Quickening

Book - 2010
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"Despite having little in common, Eddie [Enidina] 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."--from flap on front cover.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781590513460
1590513460
Branch Call Number: FIC/HOOVER
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 21 cm.

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belalin
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.

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jenzbooks
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.

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Truffs
Jan 22, 2011

A realistic depiction of farmers during the great Depression

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redwallflower
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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