Yup, reading is still slow. But hey, I at least finished one book in June (and already started another!) and maybe that’s a sign that I can at least establish some sort of regularity in my reading again, even though I might not meet my goals of previous years when I flew threw multiple books per month. I am ok with this. It’s not a competition, it should be fun.
Maud’s Line by Margaret Verble (★★★★☆)
It took me a while to get into this book and the first half definitely took me much longer than the second half. I blame it partly (or hugely!) on the fact that my reading has been slow in general and that I chose to do other things over picking up a book, because by no means was this book not fascinating.
I like ‘historical’ novels that tell stories about times past. I love me a good coming-of-age story with a determined heroine. This book tells the story of eighteen-year-old Maud, who lives with her father and brother on one of the allotments parceled out by the U.S. Government to the Cherokees when their land was confiscated for Oklahoma’s statehood. Her mother died when she was young, her sisters have married and moved away and she was left to “take care” of her men, the home, and the animals. There is no indoor plumbing, no luxuries of any kind. She has family nearby that she can rely on, but often feels lonely and dreams of a better life away in the city. Her chance to escape comes in the form of a peddler that happens to ride down her section line.
I thought Maud and her story was authentic, even though I did want to shake some sense into her a few times. I did understand her longing for a better life, to escape the harsh conditions she grew up in. The longing to be different and to be taken away from a life that often involved violence and tragedy. The ending was a bit abrupt for my taste, but then again, not unrealistic, I suppose.
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