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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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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    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 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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Underwhelming

    Reviewers were almost ecstatic about this story but aside from a most evocative account of a desperate time in the history of our country there is very little to recommend it. The reader is frequently unsure of what is going on. The characters acted and interacted without revealing enough to keep the story moving. Confusing, depressing, and ultimately not enough substance to make this a worth the time investment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Different

    I wish I could give this this book 2 1/2 stars instead of 3 , but since I can't I decided to be generous. Don't get me wrong, this was a decent book. It was interesting and definitely kept my attention. But it made me angry! I absolutely hated Mary! She was deceitful and cruel throughout and never seemed to learn anything from her actions. That, and this book was very depressing with no real resolution in the end. Just not one of my favorites...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    mixed feelings on this one

    The Quickening was able to hold my attention, the author transferred the emotions and physical surroundings well. However, it was hard to follow the transfer from chapter to chapter in regards to the time line. A bit disturbing, yet probably realistic how the women dealt with their feelings in that time period. The ending came suddenly, and was a bit unclear what happened to all of the characters. Not a "feel good" story, but it made me ponder what those women faced in day to day life and how I would deal with it if it all happened to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Ok read.

    Sort of depressing.

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    Posted April 24, 2012

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    Posted August 28, 2010

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