My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So good! The story spans 60 years, but doesn't feel like a saga. Instead, it is intimate and warm with characters you love and a few that you loathe, reminiscent of the small town community that Nell Stillman lives in.
She was a home girl, warmed by the glow of lamplight, a stove boiling water for tea. To sit in the rocker and read Jane Austen or Hardy, to play checkers with Hilly--these entertainments spoke of her unsophistication, and she did not mind. To be unsophisticated was no crime if you weren't narrow, and she hoped that her reading kept her from that. Through novels you glimpsed the grim night that could eventually overtake the intolerant. (109)
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