A Beauty

A Beauty

eBook - 2015
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In a drought-ridden Saskatchewan of the 1930s, self-possessed, enigmatic Elena Huhtala finds her self living alone, an object of pity and charity in her community. But when a stranger shows up at a country dance, Elena needs only one look and one dance before jumping into his Lincoln Roadster, leaving the town and its shocked inhabitants behind. What follows is a trip through the prairie towns, their dusty streets, shabby hotel rooms, surrounded by dry fields that stretch out vastly, waiting for rain. Elena's journey uncovers the individual stories of an unforgettable group of people, all of whom are in one way or another affected by her seductive yet innocent presence. At the centre is Ruth, a girl whose life becomes changed in unexpected ways. She and Elena, distanced and apart, form a strange bond that will come to haunt the decades for them both.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780771036569
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Dec 03, 2015

Characters with depth. Very moving to the very end.

Sep 20, 2015

I agree --beautifully written. I like character-driven novels and setting is so well drawn that I didn't find it tedious at all.

Jul 27, 2015

I love unusual stories, and this is among the best. A chance encounter profoundly changes the life of one of the two main protagonists. This book is full of surprising turns and is beautifully written. I enjoyed it to the end.

smc01 Apr 22, 2015

This is beautifully written and evocative of the 1930s in the Prairies. Character development is strong. I could only give it three stars, however, because not very much happens in the novel, and it becomes tedious toward the end. I wish it had been better.

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