by Jeanne Irelan
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Snusville by Jeanne Irelan

A coming-of-age novel about Joan Lilley, a descendant of Scandinavian pioneers, Snusville takes place during the 1940s and �50s. Joan is something of a minor rebel from the complex standards of her family and friends, all �good� people hounded and rigidly bound by their need to exemplify right behavior. Though this novel is of a particular historical period and ethnic group, Joan�s questioning will seem familiar to anyone with a need to identify with one�s family while seeking acceptance within and without the group as well as spiritual growth.
Joan�s story begins in a section of Des Moines, Iowa, familiarly called Snusville. Joan�s mother, Alma, has an unrelenting morality based on her strict upbringing, which is short on emotional expression. After a tragic accident concerning her father, life has become harder for Joan and her mother and they must take in a roomer, librarian Willa Stromberg, who becomes a mentor to Joan.
Much of this history is concerned with Joan�s relationships with her friends and particularly with men. The real drama concerns Rod Allison, a Catholic boy. They begin to see one another despite family disapproval, which is important for Joan's peace of mind. She must decide about the relationship and how it affects her own happiness and place in the family.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012779533
Publisher: Jeanne Irelan
Publication date: 07/18/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 591 KB

About the Author

Descended from Scandinavian pioneers to Iowa, Jeanne Irelan has long been a Tennessee transplant. She been involved with newspaper work, arts management, and college teaching but now devotes her time to writing. Beside a thriller, The Moho Proviso, and a coming of age novel, Snusville; Jeanne has also published mysteries featuring Judge "Baby" Godbold; a Southern mainstream novel, Rosehall, and her Foxhill series set in a fictional historic Nashville neighborhood: Flowers at Her Feet, Neighbors, Ever After, and Grace. She can be followed at, on Facebook, her blog: and her Website:

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Snusville 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written coming of age story. From the begining, I needed to know where Joan's path would lead. In the last chapter, Joan's conversation with Geraldine at the farm and Joan's reflection on the ride home is especially moving . A perspective I hadn't thought about (regarding staunch parenting). This story, of having the courage to march to your own drummer is perfect for teens.