The Search for Joyful (Mrs. Mike Series)

The Search for Joyful (Mrs. Mike Series)

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by Benedict Freedman, Nancy Freedman
     
 

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In this long-awaited sequel to the “unforgettable” (Boston Herald) bestseller Mrs. Mike, Benedict and Nancy Freedman paint a portrait of the World War II era—as seen through the eyes of a young Cree woman on her own for the very first time…

When her dear friend O Be Joyful died in a flu epidemic, Mrs. Mike Flanigan opened her

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In this long-awaited sequel to the “unforgettable” (Boston Herald) bestseller Mrs. Mike, Benedict and Nancy Freedman paint a portrait of the World War II era—as seen through the eyes of a young Cree woman on her own for the very first time…

When her dear friend O Be Joyful died in a flu epidemic, Mrs. Mike Flanigan opened her home—and heart—to her orphaned child, Kathy Forquet. Over the years, young Kathy delighted in the Flanigans’ love—and suffered the pain of her schoolmates’ prejudice. But as the terrors of World War II drew closer to home, Kathy decided to leave her familiar home and do her part by going to a nursing school in Montreal. There her life fills with drama and excitement as she meets two very different men—a Native American who helps her understand her lost heritage, and a wounded Austrian soldier who shares fascinating stories of his exotic, embattled homeland. And as she learns about herself and the world beyond her hometown, she tries to find the elusive prize she has sought for so long: the meaning of true joy…

Richly detailed and emotionally powerful, The Search for Joyful is the inspiring story of a young woman’s courageous search for fulfillment—and the long-awaited new novel by the authors of the beloved Mrs. Mike, praised by Library Journal as “a book the reader will be unable to put down until the last page is read.”

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
I have to confess that one of the main reasons for my interest in YA literature probably arises from my love of the novel Mrs. Mike when I was an adolescent. Mrs. Mike is about a young Irish-American girl traveling alone from Boston to the Canadian prairies, marrying a Mountie and living in remote stations where she and her husband face diphtheria epidemics among the Native populations, forest fires, the deaths of their babies—I read and reread this book and longed for challenging experiences in a wider world than the one I knew. (This remains one of my criteria for good YA literature.) The Search for Joyful has as the main character Kathy Forquet, the daughter of Mrs. Mike's Cree friend, Oh-Be-Joyful, who gave the baby to Mrs. Mike to raise when she knew she was dying. Kathy grew up in a mostly white community in Alberta; her story begins with the coming of WW II and her decision to go to Montreal to study nursing for the war effort. So begins an adventure story of love, finding an identity among strangers, hardship, death and physical suffering. (Kathy travels to Italy with the troops to nurse in a M.A.S.H.-like station near the front line until an injury sends her back to Montreal.) The main love story concerns Kathy's meeting another Indian, Crazy Dancer, who is with the Canadian troops, who understands what it means to be an Indian far better than Kathy does. Kathy's father, a spiritual leader among Indians, had named her Oh-Be-Joyful's Daughter, and Crazy Dancer understands this to mean that Kathy needs to discover joy in her own life. Like Mrs. Mike, this book doesn't turn away from gritty details of suffering and death—and Kathy has plenty of these in her nursing experiencesduring wartime and in the loss of loved ones. She slowly does come to understand who she is as a member of the First Nation. I loved reading the story but perhaps I'm biased because I liked Mrs. Mike so much as a YA myself. (sequel to Mrs. Mike.). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Berkley, 309p.,
— Claire Rosser

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425188330
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Mrs. Mike Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
465,503
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Benedict Freedman lives outside San Francisco, and isat work on more sequels that take the characters of Mrs. Mike into the present.
Nancy Freedman lives outside San Francisco, and is at work on more sequels that take the characters of Mrs. Mike into the present.

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