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Flora: A Novel
     

Flora: A Novel

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by Gail Godwin
 

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Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of World War II. At three, Helen lost her mother, and the beloved grandmother who raised her has just died. A fiercely imaginative child, Helen is desperate to keep her house intact

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Flora: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
RANYC More than 1 year ago
Whether you're a fan of Gail Godwin or new to her work, Flora is a must. Set in the summer of 1945 in the increasingly shabby family home on a mountain in North Carolina, nearly orphaned 10-year-old Helen welcomes (not eagerly) her young aunt Flora (another orphan), who will be in charge of her while her father does important war work in Tennessee. Helen longs for her grandmother (who died trying on Easter hats in town), fumbles friendships, and pins her hopes on Finn, a young man who delivers groceries and is also an artist. Not particularly pleasant, Helen will get under your skin anyway, as will the setting, the great secondary characters, and the suspense that builds as the summer of Helen and Flora--and World War 2--draws to a close.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creative. Loved the characters, the setting, and the plot. Very good job. A++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the style was a tad turgid, I generally enjoyed this novel. The characterization was sharp and Godwin's details created empathy for the characters, both living and dead. The book is a "coming of age" novel.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for a read like this for months now. Well worth the small investment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A coming of age book written from the oersoective if a bratty 10 year old. A really engaging read.
beh88 More than 1 year ago
Well written Sad and disturbing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Godwin's books. Spot-on characterization. The somewhat dark and moody tone to which I am partial. The ending was a little neat, but not regrettably so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much like the way the story is told. The characrers are well developed and i could relate to them.
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bessie1913 More than 1 year ago
I'm just finishing this book. It's a good read and takes me back to my 10 year old crushes and fancies.
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Excellent!
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