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The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth-Century Mother's Extraordinary Fight against Her Husband, the Shakers, and Her Times

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Highly recommended; touches on many fascinating stories.

    The main character, Eunice Chapman, is not entirely sympathetic, but the story is fascinating and touches on the history of Shakers, New York, women, marriage and family, family law, and even literature and newspapers. This is so well researched that the notes and source notes are worth reading. The author does a lovely job of creating a readable narrative out of all these threads. She gives cogent synopses of large background subjects such as Shaker theology or American legal precedent. My comments make this sound dry, but it is not. The emotions of these early nineteenth century people come through. Every collection on the Shakers should own this, as it presents a very balanced view and one a bit different from the usual hagiography. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    By dyslexicdarla

    This story, which is based on a true story,is painfully difficult to read. Women had arranged marriages, had children and their father was given custodial rights if there was a separation . I am not sure how the Shakers work today, but , not my cup of tea to read, though, I must sat we have come along way......baby. I hope the situation has changed for the plight of the women in the Shakers today. We read this for our book club and only 2 of the 25 members liked the book.It also read like a text book. Can't recommend.

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