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The Quickeningby Michelle Hoover
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A July 2010 Indie Next Pick
Enidina Current and Mary Morrow live on neighboring farms in the flat, hard country of the upper Midwest during the early 1900s. This hardscrabble life comes easily to some, like Eddie, who has never wanted more than the land she works and the animals she raises on it with her husband, Frank. But for the deeply religious Mary, farming is an awkward living and at odds with her more cosmopolitan inclinations. Still, Mary creates a clean and orderly home life for her stormy husband, Jack, and her sons, while she adapts to the isolation of a rural town through the inspiration of a local preacher. She is the first to befriend Eddie in a relationship that will prove as rugged as the ground they walk on. Despite having little in common, Eddie and Mary need one another for survival and companionship. But as the Great Depression threatens, the delicate balance of their reliance on one another tips, pitting neighbor against neighbor, exposing the dark secrets they hide from one another, and triggering a series of disquieting events that threaten to unravel not only their friendship but their families as well.
In this luminous and unforgettable debut, Michelle Hoover explores the polarization of the human soul in times of hardship and the instinctual drive for self-preservation by whatever means necessary. The Quickening stands as a novel of lyrical precision and historical consequence, reflecting the resilience and sacrifices required even now in our modern troubled times.
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With the coming of the Great Depression to the upper Midwest, two farmer's wives are pitted against one another, exposing the dark secrets they hide and triggering a series of events that will unravel their friendship--and their families. A first novel. Original.
About the Author
Michelle Hoover teaches writing at Boston University and Grub Street and
has published fiction in Confrontation, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, and Best New American Voices, among others. She has been a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholar, the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and in 2005 the winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction. She was born in Ames, Iowa, the granddaughter of four longtime farming families.
Table of Contents
Enidina (Summer 1913-Spring 1914) — Mary (Fall 1909-Fall 1913) — Enidina (Fall 1918-Fall 1919) — Mary (Winter 1919) — Enidina (Winter 1919-Spring 1920) — Mary (Summer 1920-Spring 1922) — Enidina (Spring-Fall 1920) — Mary (Spring 1923-Fall 1925) — Enidina (Fall 1925-Spring 1933) — Mary (Spring 1933) — Enidina (Spring-Summer 1936) — Mary (Summer 1936) — Enidina (Summer 1936-Spring 1937) — Mary (Summer 1936) — Enidina (Summer 1937-Fall 1939) — Mary (Winter 1950).
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