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Author
Smiley, Jane
Descriptors
Affairs
Astronomy
Civil War
Female Protagonists
Feminism
Guilt
Man-Woman Relationships
Marriage
Military Life
Women's Fiction
World War II-Homefront
Location/Setting:
California
Missouri
Time Period:
1890s
1900s
1910s
1920s
1930s
1940s
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Summary
Margaret Mayfield, born in Missouri at the end of the Civil War, should feel lucky to get married at the age of 27 in 1905 to Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early, a naval officer, astronomer, and rumored genius in their small town, but feels anything but. Life with Andrew’s ‘genius’ is often spent typing his work—including letters to editors and Einstein, and later, books for (self) publication. Divorcing Andrew is not an option, and like an observer in her own life, Margaret feels helpless to act—a plight made more painful when compared to Dora, her unmarried sister-in-law who travels the world as a reporter.
Critique
Domestic fiction at its finest. Smiley has delivered a compelling read and a smart and sly look at the history of our county, a place where among other things, many have unhappily stayed married. Readers will want to see the quiet Margaret, who spends most of her life as an observer, to finally act. Highly recommended reading.
ISBN
9781400040605
  iBistro
# of Pages
317
Published
2010
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Reviewer's Initials: CO CO


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