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The Empress of One brings back many characters from The Cape Ann in its story of Sally Wheeler and her mother, Stella. Growing up in the 1930s and '40s, Sally is a creative child in a restrictive environment. But she must cope with her mother's increasing estrangement from her family as Stella falls into the depths of unremitting depression. At a time when mental illness was hushed up and misunderstood, the close-knit town turns colder and more judgmental as Stella's erratic behavior grows more severe. Only ...
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The Empress of One brings back many characters from The Cape Ann in its story of Sally Wheeler and her mother, Stella. Growing up in the 1930s and '40s, Sally is a creative child in a restrictive environment. But she must cope with her mother's increasing estrangement from her family as Stella falls into the depths of unremitting depression. At a time when mental illness was hushed up and misunderstood, the close-knit town turns colder and more judgmental as Stella's erratic behavior grows more severe. Only Sally's talent and ambition as an actress and playwright allow her to find release in worlds of her own creation, worlds where she is always an "empress of one."

It's a remarkable novelist who can transport readers to a place and a time that they don't want to leave. Faith Sullivan's The Cape Ann brought readers to the town of Harvester, Minnesota, at the end of the Depression, has developed a passionate, growing following. Readers who love Sullivan's ability to create memorable characters have hoped for a return visit.

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In Sullivan's second novel about the small Midwestern town of Harvester, Minnesota, spanning the years 1935 to 1950, Sally's mother is disgracing the family by losing her grip on reality in a case of what would now be diagnosed as depression. This stigma attends Sally's every move in grade school. She tries to lead a normal life with the help of her family and friends, but the fear that her mother's condition is hereditary haunts her. As she enters her teens, Sally's flair for the dramatic emergesboth on and off the stage. The death of her mother, the breakup with her insecure boyfriend, and the suicide of her beloved drama coach drive Sally to the brink of her physical and mental endurance, where she hovers, undecided. This beautifully written and exquisitely readable book transports readers through time and space. Highly recommended.Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Education. Lib., Watch Hill
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Sullivan, winner of Milkweed's 1996 National Fiction Prize for her fifth novel, this follow-up to The Cape Ann (1988), limns with discerning sympathy the struggle of a young girl to escape the terrible toll of a mother's mental illness.

The story is set once again in the small town of Harvester, Minnesota; the time now is the mid-1930s, when Sally Wheeler's mother Stella begins having crying spells. She cries when Sally enters kindergarten, she cries in department stores, she cries over anything remotely sad. By the age of seven, Sally resolves that she will never cry as long as she lives. And while her mother gets worse, sinking farther and farther into a depression blamed on menopause, Sally struggles to live a normal life. Sullivan's insights into a child's desperate need for normality and acceptance give immediacy to her story. Close friends like Lark and Beverly—characters from The Cape Ann—help, as do adults like Lark's mother Arlene Erhart and the widowed Mrs. Stillman and her shell- shocked son Hillyard. Grandparents are loving and attentive, and so is father Donald, but nothing can compensate Sally for her mother's worsening condition. Stella is eventually hospitalized; Sally and her father become the subjects of local prejudice; and, as Sally moves on to high school, these pressures take their toll: Her grades decline, she begins sleeping with boys, and she becomes involved with pathologically possessive Cole Barnstable. A drama teacher, recognizing her acting ability, helps her find some contentment, but when he dies in an accident, Sally falls apart, retreating into herself and cleaning house obsessively, although good friends do come through. Finally encouraged to realize her talents, Sally writes and stars in the "The Kingdom of Making Sense," a play celebrating a place "where everything is possible, for sadness rarely lasts beyond an hour."

A perceptive and refreshingly unsensational account, if at times too slowly paced, of a child's determination to claim and affirm life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571310118
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 9/15/1996
  • Series: Milkweed National Fiction Prize Ser.
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Faith Sullivan
Faith Sullivan was born and raised in southern Minnesota.  Married to drama critic Dan Sullivan, she lived twenty-some years in New York and Los Angeles, returning frequently to Minnesota to keep her roots firmly planted in the prairie.  Since 1989 she has lived in Minneapolis.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    Fabulous! Very Enjoyable

    I really liked this book. It tells of a young girl who grows up in a small town in southern Minnesota and has a somewhat crazy mother. It really is very good. Tells whole life of the young girl

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