Gardenias

Gardenias

Book - 2005 | 1st ed.
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It's 1942, just a month after the United States entered World War II. Lark, her mother Arlene, and Aunt Betty are in a station changing trains, leaving their lives in Harvester, Minnesota behind, and waiting for the train going to Los Angeles. Young men -- soldiers -- swarm the platform, heading off to war. Against this dramatic backdrop, Gardenias revisits Faith Sullivan's most beloved characters from The Cape Ann, taking them from their hometown to new lives, new dreams, and new risks. Arlene has left her husband behind after he gambled away the money she'd saved to finally build the Cape Ann house of her and Lark's Depression-era dreams. As a new life takes shape in San Diego in a wartime housing project full of neighbors they know little about, Lark wonders, as does the reader, if a dream means losing everything of value or finally finding it.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781571310453
1571310452
Branch Call Number: SULLI
Characteristics: ix, 381 p. ; 23 cm.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 22, 2015

You MUST read _The Cape Ann_ before you read this sequel. Both books are wonderfully written and heart wrenching. The Cape Ann is early childhood of the narrator, Lark. Gardenias is her pre-teen and early teens. A powerful story of survival by a woman who fought for her right to work, to own a home, and to care for her child. Lark doesn't know her mother is heroic, but the reader will. Lark is an amazing child who makes her way in a world of deprivation and makes her own family from among the rag-tag members of a housing project at the start of WWII.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 22, 2015

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