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  • 21st Century,  General Fiction,  Southern

    The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber

    The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber was originally published in 2009 when it was also shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers. I first knew of Ann Weisgarber due to the publication of her latest novel The Promise – first review ever published here! – and since then we have remained in touch. When The Promise came out last March, I wanted to review her other novel and was kindly sent a paperback edition by Sophie from Mantle. From Goodreads: When Rachel, hired help in a Chicago boardinghouse, falls in love with Isaac, the boardinghouse owner’s son, he makes her a bargain: he’ll marry her, but…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

    A great professor of mine lent me O Pioneers! by Willa Cather a year ago. It is a wonderful edition from the late 80’s: the paper is already old and it has wonderful little annotations that highlight the best lines and excerpts. However, I waited til this year, when I took American history lessons, to read it. 3/5 Summary from BD: ‘For the first time, perhaps, since that land emerged from the waters of geologic ages, a human face was set toward it with love and yearning. It seemed beautiful to her, rich and strong and glorious.’ Willa Cather’s second novel, O Pioneers! (1913) tells the story of Alexandra Bergson…