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litlove

And Stefanie loved this too. Oh dear, I don't think I can possibly resist the two of you together! Gorgeous review, Danielle, you really bring the book alive.

Pam

This sounds wonderful. I really love a book that strongly evokes a certain time period. I'll be looking for this one.

Stefanie

I like how you point out how much narrative tension there is even though nothing really happens, so true! towards the end I was really turning the pages and I don't even know why, but it felt like something was going to happen. Something does happen just not in the book, because we know at the end that WWII is underway. That along with the nostalgia and what feels like the adults trying so hard to hang on to a way of life that is quickly disappearing, maybe that is where the tension comes from? I suppose Tommy's pov adds to it too, the interplay between innocence and knowing. It really is a brilliant book.

catharina

I've already been on the lookout for this book and your review only makes me more determined to find it, sooner or later.
Beautiful review. Hope you are feeling better again.

Clive John Edwards

From the 'back cover' description you gave (upper middle class, Depression era, small Michigan town, seen through a child's eyes) it dpesn't sound like the sort of book I would ever have picked up . But since you want to press it into my hands I'll download it and take a look. It can be surprising how a well-written book can attract one whatever the background.

Teresa

Totally agree with what you say here. It's such an impressive book. What struck me most about it were the level of period detail seamlessly woven in and the way McPherson keeps to Tommy's point of view while letting the reader see so much more than Tommy does. It's one of the best examples of writing from a child's perspective that I can think of.

Danielle

I think I've only read/heard good things about this book so far. Teresa was suitably impressed, too, if you need another little nudge. It's a winner if you're looking for something written from the perspective of a child--reminded me a little of The Go-Between, another book I love.

Danielle

This does it without being too over the top, if you know what I mean. It's subtly done. I would happily read it again and will certainly be keeping this one on my shelves!

Danielle

Yes, it was so well done. And you're right about the adults keeping tight hold of their way of life even though it was all about to change. I think for me I kept wondering what was going to happen with that letter from Mexico and I wanted to know what was in it. But I am sort of glad in the end that it was left open ended. We get only a peek into his world, but it began without the reader and continues on without the reader--we are observers, too! I think I will not read the sequel--at least for the short term. Maybe someday, but I loved this too much and am afraid a sequel will just pale in comparison.

Danielle

Definitely add this to your reading list--it is one I can heartily recommend! :) Am feeling much better--it was a mild cold, but I am still dragging just from a busy work week. I am So glad it is the weekend!

Danielle

Sometimes those are the best books, though, the ones you think you wouldn't normally be drawn to. I loved it so much I will be mentioning it to friends I think--maybe even passing it on to people who I know are drawn to stories like this. He is a good writer and I didn't realize until after I finished the book that he has also written criticism. You are right--sometimes it doesn't really matter what a book is about if it's written well.

Danielle

Seamless is a perfect way to describe it. I thought so, too. You get a real sense of the period without it being paraded about, if that makes sense. Tommy gives you just enough information for you to grasp what's really going on, even though he doesn't quite get the implications of it all.

Caroline

Such high praise coming from you, one of my most reliable sources when it comes to recommendations! I'll have to order it. But I'm glad for the earning. I don't mind an open ending but I'm glad I know about it in advance.

Caroline

earning? I meant warning. I'm sorry for so many silly comments but since a couple of weeks I have some strange autocrorrection on and can't turn it off anymore,

Danielle

I really loved this book. I think it is my favorite so far this year. It took me a while to get through it, but it's really a book you just want to take your time with in any case. I was expecting to find out a few things that were hinted at in the story, but there were some unanswered questions--still, I didn't mind and considering who was narrating the story--it was much more effective that way.

Danielle

No problem--those autocorrect programs are often not all that helpful I've discovered and sometimes it's impossible to get rid of them!

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