Black-eyed Susan

by Armstrong, Jennifer, 1961-

Format: Print Book 1995
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Begin Chapters JUV FIC Arm
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Begin Chapters
Call Number  JUV FIC Arm
A lyrical novel about a day in the life of a young pioneer girl growing up on the Dakota prairie is now available in a Knopf Paperback edition. This widely praised and beautifully crafted tale deftly evokes the vast expanse of the American West, the hardships faced by pioneer families, and the strong bonds of family and community. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ten-year-old Susie revels in the natural beauty of the vast prairie surrounding her family's sodhouse in the Dakota Territory, but her mother-depressed and homesick for her native Ohio-refuses to go outdoors. In Armstrong's (King Crow; Steal Away) characteristically lyrical language, Susie ponders her mother's "lonesomeness": "Perhaps it had been growing like a seed, and was blooming at last with a pale flower and a sad perfume. All I knew was that Ma never laughed anymore, hardly spoke, seldom smiled." On a trip to town with her father, Susie futilely combs the mercantile for "something cheerful" for her mother. Ma brightens up a bit that evening, when a warm, merry family of Montana-bound homesteaders from Iceland spends the night, giving a canary as a gift. And in the dramatic concluding scene, Susie convinces the woman to come out on the roof of their home to greet the rising sun. With her prairie setting and poetic narrative, Armstrong steps into Patricia MacLachlan territory, but her footing is less sure. While the novel is illuminating in its view of a pioneer family, its many descriptive passages and reminiscences leave the work short on action and too slow-moving for most readers in the targeted age group. Ages 9-14. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Parent and child -- Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life -- South Dakota -- Fiction.
South Dakota -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Crown Publishers,1995
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Martindale, Emily.
Language English
Description 120 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 0517701073
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