Rain Village: A Novel

Rain Village: A Novel

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by Carolyn Turgeon, Cassandra Morris
     
 

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Young Tessa is a diminutive girl, far too small for farm work and the object of ridicule by both her own family and the other children in their isolated Midwestern community. Her father seems to believe in nothing beyond his crops, certainly not education for his misfit daughter. When a mysterious, entrancing librarian comes to town, full of fabulous stories,

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Young Tessa is a diminutive girl, far too small for farm work and the object of ridicule by both her own family and the other children in their isolated Midwestern community. Her father seems to believe in nothing beyond his crops, certainly not education for his misfit daughter. When a mysterious, entrancing librarian comes to town, full of fabulous stories, earthy wisdom and potions for the lovelorn, she takes Tessa under her wing, teaching her to read and to believe in herself and a whole new magical world of possibilities opens up. But even as she blooms, Tessa’s father begins sexually abusing her. And her mentor carries a dark secret of her own that finally causes her to drown herself. Tessa runs off, following Mary’s footsteps, to join the circus as a trapeze artist, where she marries a loving man and finds a fulfilling life for herself amidst her new circus family. But she remains haunted by her past. And when a stranger from one of Mary’s fabulist tales shows up, Tessa risks everything to follow him to Rain Village, where she might finally discover her mentor’s tragic secret.

A brilliantly evocative debut set in the early part of the 20th century, steeped in emotional turbulence and down-to-earth wisdom, where a young woman must reconcile the inner traumas from her past and learn to live in the present in order to avoid becoming prisoner to her future. Rain Village casts a fabulous spell, pulling us into a world of mystery and possibility where love, friendship and loyalty might either destroy or set one free.

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ISBN-13:
9781511396202
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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Rain Village 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Oakley, Kansas, tiny twelve years old Tessa Riley is so small she is unable to help her parents or her three normal siblings with the farm. In fact her mother insists that Tessa do one job, stretching exercises so that she would grow to a normal size and no longer be a freak. Tessa feels all alone as everyone in the community and her family following the leads of her abusive father and bible quoting mother treat her like a pathetic sideshow reject.---------- The new librarian Mary Finn has all the townsfolk hopping as she enchantsthe men with her beauty and the women with envy. Mary especially takes a liking to diminutive Tessa telling her tales from her days as the flying Marionetta with the Velasquez Circus. She teaches the child to read and tells her enchanting tales about the residents of Rain Village. Tessa uses the stories to hide her hurt from the scorn of all (except Mary who encourages her) and the sexual assaults of her father. When Mary apparently commits suicide, a distraught now sixteen years old Tessa flees to Kansas City where she joins the circus and marries flyer Mauro Ramirez until her late mentor¿s nephew Costas arrives and tells her he is going to Rain Village.--------------- Though the ending is unwisely rushed, RAIN VILLAGE has a Brigadoon like feel to the wonderful historical tale. Tessa may be short, but she holds the coming of age tale together as she is a fully developed character whether she is preadolescent, teenager, or adult. Mary is more mystical in nature (like her village and the circus) adding to the overall enchantment. Carolyn Turgeon provides a fine early twentieth century character study that brings out a more isolated era.----------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rain Village is first a story about loss and longing and second about living a life in the circus. Turgeon has a gentle yet powerful style of writing that catches and holds you suspended from word to word. At times, the secondary characters of Mary and Lollie felt more developed than that of central character Tessa, manifesting itself in confusing emotional outbursts and seemingly uncharacteristic decisions. The story, broken down into three parts, is rich with beautiful scenes of aerial-training and haunting backdrops. When you finish the last page you will may find you were holding your breath throughout it all.
patTX More than 1 year ago
But, the story did not hold true to the setting for the story. I am from Kansas and have friends from Oakley. Why was it important to dwell on this town. And she walked from Oakley to Kansas City. Do you know how many miles the character would have walked? Kansas City had a sweat-shop factory? These locations are real, but the story had holes that need to be filled in for the reader. There needs to be more research. The book left me wanting!!!