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22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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The Quickening is a very special novel. Painfully told, it records the lives and friendship of two farm women in early 1900s Iowa. The chapters alternate between the voice of Enidina (Eddie) and Mary, who are very different women. Eddie is strong in body and spirit, mad...
The Quickening is a very special novel. Painfully told, it records the lives and friendship of two farm women in early 1900s Iowa. The chapters alternate between the voice of Enidina (Eddie) and Mary, who are very different women. Eddie is strong in body and spirit, made for country farm life. Mary is delicate and at odds with farming and the isolation of rural living.

They form a friendship, a bond born of necessity rather than choice. Through the years with its many life changes they remain loyal to each other. The dependence brought by isolation is their constant bond.

As the Great Depression looms, affecting farming and the community, families come under pressure and friendships are tested. Ultimately, secrets are exposed and a series of events changes everything with lasting consequences for everyone.

Michelle Hoover gives an honest look at women's friendships born of need and strife. Her portrayal of farming and the harsh realities of it, particularly those in times of turmoil are honest and heartfelt.

This is a remarkable book by a very gifted writer.

posted by McGuffyAnn on June 8, 2011

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

An interesting character study on how different people respond to hardship.

The Quickening is the story of two midwestern farm wives during the Great Depression. Enidina and Mary are neighbors in an area where neighbors are hard to come by. Though they have little in common, they forge an uneasy friendship out of their proximity. The book is al...
The Quickening is the story of two midwestern farm wives during the Great Depression. Enidina and Mary are neighbors in an area where neighbors are hard to come by. Though they have little in common, they forge an uneasy friendship out of their proximity. The book is all about their relationships with each other, with their husbands, and eventually between their children. The Quickening highlights the harsh realities and bleakness of living on a farm in this period and shows both the nobility and the desperate greediness that can come from not having enough.

I found The Quickening to be well written almost to a fault. I certainly felt that I was in The Depression, tired, dusty, and struggling just to survive. I can't say I actually enjoyed listening to this book, but I don't think the author was after enjoyment for her readers. It is an interesting character study on how different people respond to hardship.

I listened to this book on the audio version, read by Carrington MacDuffie. She does a really nice job distinguishing between the voices of the two women, even giving Enidina a slight accent. The gruffness of Mary's voice surprised me at first, but came to fit her well as I learned more of her character.

posted by Frisbeesage on September 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Well written but joyless

    This book was very well written and it transports you to another time and place. The descriptives illuminate the scenes in your mind and the author gives a real feel for the characters. BUT it felt half written. The vignettes were told without cohesion and it seemed to scratch just barely below the surface- enough to engage you but definetely leave you wanting more. There was also a lack of simple joy in this book. I don't expect a fairytale ending but would like at least a little redemptive joy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    So-so

    It had a great last few chapters.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Okay if you like a story about hard times.

    Found this to be a very depressing and sad story.

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