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Gardenias: A Novel by Faith Sullivan

Gardenias: A Novel (edition 2006)

by Faith Sullivan

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Title:Gardenias: A Novel
Authors:Faith Sullivan
Info:Milkweed Editions (2006), Paperback, 392 pages
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Beautiful follow-up to [b:The Cape Ann|351160|The Cape Ann (Contemporary American Fiction)|Faith Sullivan|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1173990840s/351160.jpg|341403]. Just as thoughtful and entertaining. ( )
  periwinklejane | Mar 31, 2013 |
This was a really good story, told from the point of view of a young girl. She moves from the midwest to San Diego during WW2 with her mother and her aunt, who are both running from unhappy marriages. ( )
1 vote sunqueen | Sep 26, 2009 |
In this sequel to The Cape Ann, Lark has moved with her mother Arlene and Aunt Betty from Minnesota to San Diego. The two older women are escaping unhappy marriages while Lark is simply trying to get by. She escapes into her imaginative stories after "channeling" the used furniture in their subsistence housing. There are lots of quirky characters to make life interesting and some downright nasty little boys that make Lark's life quite miserable.

Sullivan doesn't resort to trendy literary gimmicks in her writing. She relies on old-fashioned storytelling in these nostalgic tales of triumph over adversity. ( )
2 vote Donna828 | Aug 12, 2009 |
This coming-of-age story is set in the 1940s during World War II. The narrarator is a young girl, Lark, who lives through tragedy and drama brought about by the people around her; yet, she manages to stay true to herself. Loved it! ( )
  CatieN | May 29, 2008 |
Abandoning Depression-ravaged Minnesota and the alcoholic husband who drank away the family savings, Arlene Erhardt moves to California in early 1942 in search of a new life, bringing along her sister Betty and daughter Lark, the too-precocious narrator of this tale of independence, loyalty, hope and crushed dreams. The Erhardts land in a San Diego housing project, where Lark is left alone to sort out her new world while Betty and Arlene work.
  CollegeReading | Apr 16, 2008 |
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In memory of my cousin Gil. And for his sisters and brothers, Alice, Marlys, Chuck and Joe. And for my brother Brian. And for book groups, the two I am a member of and the thousands of others who sustain the continued life of books.
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The Websters Collegiate Dictionary that Miss Borgen and the fourth grade had given me at my farewell party fell open in my lap.
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