The daughters of Erietown : a novel

by Schultz, Connie,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Hidden desires, long-held secrets, and the sacrifices people make for family are at the heart of this powerful first novel by the popular Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

"A moving, unforgettable story about time, progress, and how the mistakes of one generation get repeated or repaired by the next."--J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Saints for All Occasions

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND NEW YORK POST

1957, Clayton Valley, Ohio. Ellie has the best grades in her class. Her dream is to go to nursing school and marry Brick McGinty. A basketball star, Brick has the chance to escape his abusive father and become the first person in his blue-collar family to attend college. But when Ellie learns that she is pregnant, everything changes. Just as Brick and Ellie revise their plans and build a family, a knock on the front door threatens to destroy their lives.

The evolution of women's lives spanning the second half of the twentieth century is at the center of this beautiful novel that richly portrays how much people know--and pretend not to know--about the secrets at the heart of a town, and a family.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The comfortably sprawling first novel by Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist Schultz (And His Lovely Wife, 2007) follows a working-class family in a fictional town in northeastern Ohio. Moving around in time, the novel centers on ambitious Samantha McGinty, who in 1975 becomes the first member of her family to attend college, and her parents, Ellie and Brick, whose lives are stunted early. Unexpected, if not necessarily unwanted, pregnancies feature heavily in the narrative, which takes more than a few telegraphed, dramatic turns. Though Schultz's sympathies clearly lie with the women of the family, who are held back from achieving their goals and fulfilling their promise by societal expectations, her warmth and compassion also extend to the men, whose bad behavior is usually explained by a cycle of abuse. She anchors the domestic story in the wider one of a fully realized community in which religion plays a significant role. At its best, the novel has an old-fashioned charm and a keen eye for the details of Midwestern life in the fifties, sixties, and seventies."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pulitzer-winner Schultz (for Life Happens ) delivers a sweeping, heartfelt tale that ranges from the mid-1940s through 1994 in Erietown, Ohio, and packs its plot with enough bitter pills to fill a Bruce Springsteen album. Farmers Ada and Wayne Fetters take in their seven-year-old granddaughter, Ellie. As teenagers, Ellie and Brick McGinty fall for each other, despite Ellie's grandparents' concern that Brick will turn out like his abusive father. Brick, though, wins a scholarship to Kent State, which would make him the first person in his family to attend college. Ellie's dream, meanwhile, is to become a nurse, but fate intervenes, and she gets pregnant before they graduate from high school. Ellie and Brick elope, and Brick finds work at an electric plant while Ellie becomes a full-time mother to their daughter, Sam. After Ellie learns that Brick has been unfaithful, she threatens him with divorce, but remains determined to hold their family together. As a child, Sam is fully aware of the tension between her parents but unaware of her father's infidelities until a visitor shows up at their home when she is 12. Schultz enlivens the narrative with sharp cultural commentary and precise period details. This story of family secrets rises above--and is tougher than--the rest. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Working class families -- Ohio -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Labor unions -- Fiction.
Women -- Fiction.
Ohio -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 466 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780525479352
052547935X
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