The daughters of Erietown [electronic resource] / Connie Schultz.
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- ISBN: 9780525479499 (electronic bk)
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Hidden desires, long-held secrets, and the sacrifices people make for family are at the heart of this powerful first novel by the popular Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist. 1957, Clayton Valley, Ohio. Ellie has the best grades in her class. Her dream is to go to nursing school and marry Brick McGinty. A basketball star, Brick has the chance to escape his abusive father and become the first person in his blue-collar family to attend college. But when Ellie learns that she is pregnant, everything changes. Just as Brick and Ellie revise their plans and build a family, a knock on the front door threatens to destroy their lives. The evolution of women's lives spanning the second half of the twentieth century is at the center of this beautiful novel that richly portrays how much people know—and pretend not to know—about the secrets at the heart of a town, and a family.
Electronic reproduction. New York : Random House, 2020. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 4443 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #1
The comfortably sprawling first novel by Pulitzer Prizeâwinning journalist Schultz (And His Lovely Wife, 2007) follows a working-class family in a fictional town in northeastern Ohio. Moving around in time, the novel centers on ambitious Samantha McGinty, who in 1975 becomes the first member of her family to attend college, and her parents, Ellie and Brick, whose lives are stunted early. Unexpected, if not necessarily unwanted, pregnancies feature heavily in the narrative, which takes more than a few telegraphed, dramatic turns. Though Schultz's sympathies clearly lie with the women of the family, who are held back from achieving their goals and fulfilling their promise by societal expectations, her warmth and compassion also extend to the men, whose bad behavior is usually explained by a cycle of abuse. She anchors the domestic story in the wider one of a fully realized community in which religion plays a significant role. At its best, the novel has an old-fashioned charm and a keen eye for the details of Midwestern life in the fifties, sixties, and seventies. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize&;winning writer and a professional-in-residence in the journalism school at Kent State University, her alma mater. She is the author of two memoirs, Life Happens and ...And His Lovely Wife. Schultz lives in Cleveland with her husband, Sherrod Brown, and their rescue dogs Franklin and Walter. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
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