Now in November

Now in November

by Josephine W. Johnson, Nancy Hoffman

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Overview

Brilliant, evocative, poetic, savage, this Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel (1934) depicts a white, middle-class urban family that is turned into dirt-poor farmers by the Depression and the great drought of the thirties.

Like Ethan Frome, the relatively brief, intense story evokes the torment possible among people isolated and driven by strong feelings of love and hate that, unexpressed, lead inevitably to doom. Reviewers in the thirties praised the novel, calling its prose "profoundly moving music," expressing incredulity "that this mature style and this mature point of view are those of a young women in her twenties," comparing the book to "the luminous work of Willa Cather," and, with prescience, suggesting that it "has that rare quality of timelessness which is the mark of first-rate fiction."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558617308
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date: 08/31/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 573,895
File size: 607 KB

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Now in November 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Eliz12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and moving story, but I always felt a distinct distance from the characters.
agnesmack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was easily the best book I've read this year. It's hard to say, so soon after having read this book, how much it will still be with me in the long run but I do believe it will remain as one of my Top 5 books ever read.If you like The Grapes of Wrath you will love this book. In fact, TGoW is my all time favorite book and yet I still think that Johnson did a better job of telling the story of the Great Depression.Now in November won the Pulitzer in 1935, 5 years before The Grapes of Wrath won it. It tells the story of a family on a farm in Nowhereville, America who is having trouble making their mortgage. People starve to death. People are evicted from their land. People die choking on the clouds of dust. The local teacher lady goes crazy. It's all very depressing and very touching and extremely moving.The writing style is very simple. I found myself reading this book much more slowly than I normally do, as I wanted to give the words time to drip down and seep in. In summation : This book should be required reading in every American high school.
AlyceL More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first page. This book is written in such a lovely, lyrical manner it was a pleasure to read. It won the Pulitzer Prize -- there's nothing "average" about it.
puzzleman More than 1 year ago
Not as bad as Lamb in His Bosom, not as good as Grapes of Wrath. Similar story of hardships among Southern poor folks. Dwells too much on one daughter, who has her own growing-up issues. An average read.