This enthralling new novel set during the Great Depression is from the bestselling author of "Songs in Ordinary Time." When butcher Henry Talcott finds himself abandoned by his beautiful wife, a prosperous neighbor begins to woo his children as companions for her strange, housebound son.This enthralling new novel set during the Great Depression is from the bestselling author of "Songs in Ordinary Time." When butcher Henry Talcott finds himself abandoned by his beautiful wife, a prosperous neighbor begins to woo his children as companions for her strange, housebound son.Read Less
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Occurring in the first year of FDR administration this is a story of abandonment, sibling love, paternal loyalty, and fighting for what is right. Morris portrays a homeless man and his two children fighting to make ends meet after his wife walks out . Placed in Vermont the two children Thomas and Margaret have sibling rivalry as well as loyalty. The boy misses his mother and desparately wants to see her again. After a few events that force to make a move to find his mother he and his sister are placed in a Catholic orphanage. The beauty of Morris story is the loyalty of the brother for his sister and the eventual realization that the person who really cares for them is their father not their mother. It does make us realize that relationships are not always perfect and that not every person is made to be a parent. The desperate act of leaving her family makes Irene a character that needs to be understood and not one to be maligned. Morris writes like Steinbeck but I think this book is better than the Grapes of Wrath. The depression changed a lot of people some for the good and some for the bad. It is inspirational that so many people survived despite the great difficulty of finding work and caring for their family. Margaret says at one point that Thomas is spoiled and should like what he gets when it is given in a caring fashion. Thomas is also becoming a man realizing that not everything adults say is gospel and that adults are not perfect. He rebounds by trying hard to control his temper and always believing that family is important. Margaret is the extrovert who can talk to anyone at any time. She is the realistic one who keeps her brother focused.
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