Divining Women by Kaye Gibbons

By Kaye Gibbons

In her darkest but such a lot redeeming novel, Gibbons scorches us with a Þrestorm of despair-and then resurrects love and wish from its very ashes.

Autumn 1918: Rumors of peace are spreading throughout the US, yet spreading even swifter are the 1st circumstances of Spanish influenza, whispering of the epidemic to come back. Maureen Ross, well beyond a secure childbearing age, is experiencing a tough being pregnant. Her husband, Troop-cold and careless of her condition-is an emotional cripple who has battered her spirit all through their marriage. As Maureen's time grows close to, she turns into confident she is going to die in childbirth. Into this loveless ménage arrives Mary Oliver, Troop's niece. The sheltered baby of a well-to-do, freethinking Washington family members, Mary involves support Maureen within the final weeks of her confinement. Horrified via Troop's bullying, she quickly discovers that her precise accountability is to guard her aunt.

because the influenza spreads and the dying toll grows, Troop's spiteful behaviors aggravate. Tormenting his spouse, taunting her for her "low birth," hiding her mother's letters, Troop terrorizes the family. but if Mary fights again, he starts to head over the sting, and Maureen rallies, liberating a gorgeous thunderstorm of war of words and, finally, discovering non secular renewal.

The Boston Globe hailed On the celebration of My final Afternoon as "another reward from Kaye Gibbons to the literature celebrating robust girls of all ages and era." a lot a similar could be acknowledged of Divining Women.

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