The End of Always: A Novel

The End of Always: A Novel

by Randi Davenport

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ISBN-13: 9781455573073
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Randi Davenport studied history and creative writing at William Smith College, where she received a BA, and earned an MA in creative writing/fiction and a PhD in literature at Syracuse University. She has taught or served in administrative positions at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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The End of Always: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I read quaintinns' REVIEW and don't feel a need to read the book as this review tells the story. I think this review should bear the heading in all caps & red letters SPOILER. I was interested in buying/reading the book until I read this condensed version. Please--if you plan to retell the story, be honest with the readers of your review & let us know that this will be a spoiler.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
A deep and thought-provoking historical novel, THE END OF ALWAYS is about one young, sad, yet brave and courageous woman’s struggle to change her life, and break the cycle of family violence of men against women. Randi Davenport is a talented writer and gets into the mind of seventeen- year- old Marie, the main character, set in 1907 in the rural area of Wisconsin. There are many common threads when comparing 1907 to 2014, as violence still exists today in many families, with unhealthy learned behavior, continuing the vicious cycle. Sadly, may still apply behind the closed doors of many households today. Like Marie’s family—her dad was a very violent man, with cruel punishments, for the three daughters, even killing her mom. She vows she will never marry a violent man, as did her mother and her grandmother. She is continually haunted by the memory of her mother and longs for a better life, a more independent one without the abuse. However, her older sister (she totally frustrated me), feels the woman has to cater to the man's wishes, and ensure he does not get mad, doing whatever they want to make peace, as part of a duty as a wife, daughter, or mother. The punishments and abuse were horrific, and at times the audiobook was difficult to listen to, even though the narrator did an outstanding job depicting the moods and emotions of each character. Marie meets a charismatic young man, August, and is blown away by his affections and thinks this is her way out of her bad home situation. She falls in love very fast, and disregards the signs. She is convinced he's a kind, gentle man who will never harm her. After they eventually marry, Marie notices signs that August might not be perfect after all, but she does what other women have done for years—ignores her instincts and then hides evidence of abuse from prying eyes. Like others before her, she's too ashamed to reach out for help. But before she ends up like her mother, strangers and a relative step in, and with their backing Marie decides she can no longer be a victim. When she jumps out of one fire into another, a controlling and abusive man, who makes her quit her job and gives her no money for food. When she tries to get money for food from her sister (money she gave her sister), he beats her. Marie fells under August’s spell so easily. Marie changes drastically during second half of the novel, fighting for herself. Finally, this courageous young woman gets help from other nearby neighbors, and goes up against a man’s world with an attorney, to save herself and her future, with court battles which will try and tear down her self-esteem; the actions of officials all catering to the man. Which is worse, a husband or the father? This incredible journey to self-discovery and triumph was inspired by real events in the author’s family history as Davenport begins reading her great-grandmother’s court records, who also worked in a laundry. The author began thinking what it was like, and her great-grandmother’s dreams. As she began researching the family and the time period, she discovered the history of violence in her family. This related to the inspiration for the book as part of the American experience. A powerful story of a woman’s desperation and brave efforts to escape a brutal heritage, to end the family violence and help set a precedent for other woman in the future. An intense statement to the power of determination and hope for a better future.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I read this book again, I started it then lost interest then went back to the beginning and really enjoyed the story. Marie has got to be one of the bravest women or girl I know, I loved the history the Author put in the story, made the story more real to me. I strongly recommend this book.
cwtl2004 More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting the book down. It was different than what I thought but makes you think about how life was for woman back then. I found the dynamics between the sisters in the story interesting. It ended a little abruptly as would of liked to know more of her life after she was on her own and how she may have been recieved by the community.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't seem to find the words. I'm not a card carrying feminist. We. as women, owe our quality of life to those who came before us and paved the way. I simply cannot find the words! The book is heartbreaking. A well researched story of unthinkable abuse. Women wth no recourse for justice. A heroine who is so ccourageous for her time and situation it is a wonderful book. A must read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good historical fiction. The book kept my attention, and I often did not want to put it down. I enjoyed this book!