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Gardenias

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by Faith Sullivan
     
 

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A month after the United States enters World War II, the country is in upheaval — and so is the Erhardt family. Nine-year-old Lark, her mother Arlene, and Aunt Betty are heading for San Diego, far away from Harvester, Minnesota and Arlene’s shiftless husband. In the booming wartime economy, Arlene and Betty are soon at work, leaving Lark alone to explore

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A month after the United States enters World War II, the country is in upheaval — and so is the Erhardt family. Nine-year-old Lark, her mother Arlene, and Aunt Betty are heading for San Diego, far away from Harvester, Minnesota and Arlene’s shiftless husband. In the booming wartime economy, Arlene and Betty are soon at work, leaving Lark alone to explore their new neighborhood, a wartime housing project full of others with similarly uprooted lives. Away from prying eyes and small town expectations, the two women begin to forge new lives and new dreams — dreams that Lark isn’t always comfortable with. This richly detailed novel, told through Lark’s observant eyes, reflects the era’s tumultuous events in the everyday dramas of its memorable, finely nuanced characters.

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Library Journal
Seventeen years ago, Sullivan's novel The Cape Ann introduced readers to six-year-old Lark Ernhardt and the town of Harvester, MN. In this follow-up novel, nine-year-old Lark, her newly separated mother, and Aunt Betty have moved to California to forge a new life. Set during World War II, the story follows the family and its new friends as they struggle to reconcile their pasts and the present. Lark is particularly challenged by her relationship with Shirley, a young girl who, while she fails to befriend Lark, is welcomed into their home by Aunt Betty. Although Sullivan writes competently, she fails to engage the reader fully. It seems that the author just doesn't have the same feel for wartime California as she does for Harvester, or perhaps the bleakness of wartime fails to warm Gardenias. Still, the novel is sure to be in demand in collections that feature Sullivan's previous works.-Caroline M. Hallsworth, City of Greater Sudbury, Ont. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571310521
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
381
Sales rank:
1,122,846
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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