From “Ethan Fromm” by Edith Wharton To “School on the Top of the Mountain for Dogs and Two Other Chances” by Alan Connie.
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This month starts with “Ethan Fromm“By Edith Wharton!
This month (December 4, 2021), the network begins with “Ethan Fromm” by Edith Wharton. This choice of Kate’s was trivial because it coincided with the selection for Classic Week for Novels in November. Since its release in 1911, it has been available for free download through the Gutenberg Project, and I was able to read it in time for both of these challenges. The story is quite simple, in which the title character falls in love with his sick wife’s cousin who comes to help take care of her on his farm. The story begins and ends with an anonymous number arriving at Fromm’s home to shelter from an unexpected snowstorm.
I could go with a blizzard as the next link, but instead, I decided to go for an inappropriate relationship that also includes a announcer trying to be anonymous, but this time using a fake name. I’m thinking of “Girl Not To Be Discovered” by Alison Burnett. This is the story of a teenage girl Katie (or so she calls herself) who starts a blog about her life while taking a year off after high school. Her relationship with a married man, much older than her, becomes the subject of many of her posts, along with her problematic relationship with her family. By the way, this book was made into a movie called “Ask me anything. “
Although I have a few more books online that I can link to here, but I think I will make a faint link to the title here instead. Although I do not believe I have reviewed other books with typos in the title, but when I think of ‘We Will Not Be Revealed’ I also think of something that is unknown, which brings me to ‘Unknown Woman’ by Jane Davis. This novel is about a woman whose whole life changes when her house is burned to the ground, and not just because she has simply lost everything she owned. Davis is a very special writer who loves to shine a light into the dark and hidden corners of the lives of her characters.
Depending on the “no” topic, but with a book where people should hide instead of revealing the truth of their lives, I thought of “Uninterrupted Peace” by Mary Glickman. This historical fiction novel takes place in America against the backdrop of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which led to the infamous “Path of Tears”. What sets this novel apart is that Glickman’s story focuses primarily on early Jewish immigrants to America, and how discrimination against them, in some ways, parallels racism against Native American populations as well as black slaves.
Following the racism, which also includes the word “no” in the title, I choose for this link, the novella “Unknown Address” by Katherine Kressman Taylor. It was published in 1938 and was received both as a sensation and with contempt. The reason for this mixed response was that it tried to document the effects of growing anti-Semitism in Europe before World War II. He shows through letters how easily seduced people living in Germany were by Nazi rhetoric, and even adopted these philosophies. At the same time, the story also shows how the Jews living in Germany ignored what was really going on around them, to the detriment of their own future when it was too late to leave. A truly breathtaking writing reporter.
To get me out of the “oh” numbers (which I believe I have already exhausted all of), I will continue with the immigration aspect that leads to discrimination. The book I link to is “Two Caravans” (known as “The Strawberry Pickers”) by Marina Levitska. The story here follows migrant workers (one from Africa, two from China and the rest from Eastern Europe who are not in the EU, with our heroes coming from Ukraine) who come to England to pick strawberries (hence the alternative title). There was one aspect of this novel that I did not particularly care about, but other than that, it was a fun rum-com, with a small nod to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” about people from different socioeconomic classes falling in love with each one. Other.
Since I can see no way to link to any of the headlines here, I think I would go with dogs – because the thing I did not particularly care about in Levitska’s novel was that she had a dog as one of the first – human numbers! Fortunately, in “School on the Top of the Mountain for Dogs and Two Other Chances” by Alan Connie, we have no inhuman narrators. What we do have is a story about a young woman, Evie, who tries to escape her miserable life, and takes an apprentice job working in a remote dog shelter (which was formerly a ski resort). The thing about this place is that the dogs there are trained after they have had abusive husbands. It’s much more complex than it sounds, and it’s really a fascinating adolescence story.
Here you go – my book chain for this month. So … the question is does this latest book somehow connect back to our beginning novel?
I would say the connection is Second chances. Because it’s something that both Evie and Eitan hope to achieve for themselves!
If you are not familiar with any of these books, I hope you click on the links to my reviews and check them out!
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Next month (January 1, 2022) we will start with a story that begins on the eve of Rosh Hashanah – Citizenship rules By Amor Towels.