Surviving 26th Street

Surviving 26th Street

by Carol June Stover

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BN ID: 2940159049919
Publisher: Carol Stover
Publication date: 02/24/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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Surviving 26th Street 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MirandaNPrather More than 1 year ago
A clash of cultures, a difficult time to be a woman, and finding the strength to overcome it all face Laura Justice in Carol June Stover's Surviving 26th Street. The effects of the fighting between Laura and her husband, Winton, are most poignantly shown by Stover in the character of Jane, their nine year old daughter. Jane is one of those rare characters in literature, like Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, that will stay with readers long after they have finished the book. Stover shows a rare talent with Jane of being able to infuse a real pulse, a true life into words on paper. No matter how interesting the story or fascinating the plot, a book will fail to reach readers without a character that they can truly connect with and care about. To be sure, Surviving 26th Street has enough mystery and intrigue in the story that readers will be interested, but their connection with Jane will allow them to live the story along with the youngster and find the events haunting them.
FoodieJKR More than 1 year ago
Whew! What an emotional tale, told true to the time period. An easy read, the tale held my attention and picked up momentum as it reached a crescendo at the end. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carol Stover's Surviving 26th Street is a story that resonates with authenticity and feeling. For anyone who grew up in a small American town in the 1950's, this is a very affecting book. It touches on many topics that we could hardly talk about in those days: marital problems, children coping with difficult parents, women trying to find independence and autonomy within the bounds of very traditional marriages, the transition from "extended family" living to "nuclear families." Ms. Stover is frank and earnest in her recounting the difficult childhood of her protagonist, Jane. Jane is a little girl wise beyond her years, devoted to her family despite their shortcomings, and eerily observant while always retaining a sympathetic tone. I found the book engrossing and thought provoking. Well worth reading and discussing with friends or book group. Will look for more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surviving 26th Street is a good read and what makes it fun are Stover's cleverly developed characters. From the self-centered but insecure Winton Justice to Rachel Christian, the real estate agent with a sex addiction, this book will have you chuckling from beginning to end. I especially enjoyed the East Coast period references (Bunny Bread, Tasty Cakes and Dippity Do). Stover has done a wonderful job recreating post-war America ,with all its optimism .... and sexism.
Marie Summerfield More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful read that had me hooked from the first page. I found myself really caring about the characters and was drawn into their lives. It has a mystery within the story, but the main element is a frank, honest, gritty study of family life in 1950's New Jersey. Jane Justice, is the bright, independent, and neglected 9 year old daughter, who has you rooting for her from the get go. Once I started the story, I did not want to put it down, a real page turner. A thoroughly enjoyable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all her stories, Carol June Stover’s character development, dialog & scene setting in Surviving 26th Street are divine, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. For those of us who grew up in the 1950s, memories of an era of change in family dynamics abound. For those who didn’t, looking back to see how we – particularly women – have evolved is a healthy remembrance. Well done, Carol. Keep writing! Linda Hoffman
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Carol June Stover's second novel, Surviving 26th Street, is a candid work of fiction that focuses on the life of 'good wife' character, Laura Justice. While she may be happy with her title of mom and homemaker, her dream is to do more. However, the only place for a woman in the '50's was in the home. Laura Justice's life wasn't necessarily the life she envisioned. After college, she experienced her first taste of independence. When she reconnects with Winton Justice, the last thing she imagined was he would eventually be her husband. She couldn't figure out Winton's draw-the sex? Or maybe it was his attentiveness during their courting stage that hooked her. No matter, once married, they packed up their worldly possession and headed for New York. The year is 1954 and Winton's 'can do' attitude was all Laura needed to follow him to the ends of the earth. In the beginning, Winton was everything a good husband and provider could possibly be. He secured the perfect nest egg for his growing family in the quaint northern suburb of Mayfair, New Jersey. After his New York based advertising business implodes, Winton wastes no time moving on to the next hair-brained scheme. It's 1954 and a warm summer day. Nine-year-old Jane Justice sits in the usual place on their front porch of their 26th Street home. She knows her job: eyes on five-year-old Denton, her brother, and wait for the shouting match between her mother and father to die down before going back inside. When Winton announces his next sure fired answer to reaping millions and that the scheme includes sloth-like Hubert Hubley, it's only a matter of time before constant chaos pays a visit to the Justice home front. Ms. Stover accomplished the task of writing a book that (I imagine) depicts what it must have been like to be a woman/mother in the 1950's. There is more than a sublime message throughout her novel that delivers a distinct message of: Women of the 50's were permitted to covet a career, but the reality was they were destined for nothing more than rearing children and making sure dinner was on the table each night for their man. While the pace is quick, the storyline itself was a bit too predictable. There were too many passages devoted to character Laura Justice's subservience to her husband. However, Ms. Stover is spot on with her depiction of Winton Justice: cad and brute wrapped up in one package. He is a believable and credible bully of a husband. When Ms. Stover does come around to writing in a backbone for Laura Justice, without giving too much of a spoiler, I was disappointed with Laura's reaction when she learns of the egregious acts her husband Winton engages in with one of their neighbors. Again, this is a quick read and I believe it could be shortened some-currently 404 pages. I would encourage Ms. Stover to focus on dialogue and build around it in her next novel. She demonstrates a strong ability when it comes to writing dialogue. Quill says: Surviving 26th Street is a good read for women to reflect upon - 'you've come a long way baby'!
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
“Surviving 26th Street” by Carol June Stover is just an amazing book! I found it to be completely flawless. Flawless editing, flawless flow and absolutely perfect! Did I mention it was perfect? The story is set in 1954 in a time where wives were to be submissive to their husbands and take care of home. Laura Justice is the wife of Winton and mother of Jane and Denton. Laura is a smart woman who refused to date Winton back in their high-school days. She thought he was just over the top with his arrogance. Later on down the road, when they were all grown up, they ended up getting married. Just before her wedding she got an unwelcoming taste of exactly who she was marrying and kept going anyway. The details of this part of the story are told as flashbacks, giving much more insight to this couple. Winton happens to be that entrepreneurial guy who takes such risks it puts his family in jeopardy, in more ways than one. Jane is nine-years-old and super witty for her age. No one can get anything past her. Jane takes care of her brother while her mom goes out to hopefully find a job since Winton has really done it this time, depleting the little savings they did have. Action was in her hands and she didn’t care what Winton says because he is the one to blame. “Surviving 26th Street” opens up with the thoughts of little Jane and her summer trying to figure out why her southern accent is such a big deal in New Jersey. Throughout the book, Jane proves to be a little detective, and very good at it too. Because she is so young, the adults don’t pay much attention when she gives information that will later prove to be very important. Each character is well thought out. You will love the Justice family, well not Winton, and cheer them on as they get over life’s humps. I particularly loved this book because I consider myself a southern belle and I found myself actually reading in a very southern dialect. Once I started reading “Surviving 26th Street,” I really couldn’t put it down. I am really hoping that Carol June Stover writes more and I believe that any woman could really enjoy this tale. If I could give “Surviving 26th Street” by Carol June Stover 10 bright, shiny stars I would. I highly recommend this title to every woman looking for a good chick-lit read; summer, winter, spring or fall! Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (10/13)
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Surviving 26th Street by Carol June Stover is a story that will transport you to life in the 1950s. Winton Justice moves his family from Memphis, Tennessee, looking for the American Dream. He opens his own advertising agency in New York City, leaving his wife, Laura, and their two young children, Jane and Denton, home in their newly purchased Mayfair, New Jersey home. Winton has big ideas but his business soon fails and he next sets up a business in his basement selling wire recorders. Life on 26th street is happy for Jane and Denton; they spend the warm summer days playing and visiting with the senior citizens living on their block. Laura, knowing that the bank account is dwindling, gets a job against Winton’s wishes. 26th Street has its share of adventure for the Justice family, including Grandma and Grandpa Justice coming to help out, a sexy neighbor, a thief working with Winton in the basement, Mr. Olson the old man across the street, and lots of other neighbors.   Carol June Stover has written a book that will take you on a journey to 1950 and I loved the trip. Surviving 26th Street is about a small town and the everyday life of one family who has good days, bad days, and real-life situations to deal with. I liked this book from the first sentence and found myself neglecting my chores to read just a little more about what was happening on 26th Street. If you lived in the 1950s Ms. Stover will bring back fond memories; if you didn’t, it will paint a picture of how life used to be. I highly recommend this book to women of all ages.