Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.
During the Reign of the Queen of Persia (1983)
by Joan Chase
Compact | Rate recommendations
References to this work on external resources.
Wikipedia in English (1)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345410467, Paperback)"Daily life exhilarated with the richness and evocativeness of poetry."
WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
The novel that is sweeping the country. A beautiful story of 20th-century womanhood, of Gram, the Queen of Persia herself, who rules a house where five daughters and four granddaughters spin out the tragedies and triumphs of rural life in the 1950's.
From the Paperback edition.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:54:43 -0400)
The Queen of Persia is in fact Gram, who presides over an Ohio farmhouse teeming with daughters, granddaughters, and the occasional son-in-law. For the youngest generation, the four girls who together narrate the novel, the farm is a kind of Eden, at once life-giving and the locus of terrible discoveries about desire and loss. The girls bicker and scrap, whisper secrets at bedtime, and above all watch as their mothers draft templates of womanhood that they will come to either reject or embrace. Ingeniously orchestrated in overlapping, thematic narratives, the story of Gram, her five daughters, and her grandchildren reveals itself through the accumulation of emotional truths, reaching its heights in the decline of Grace, whose eventual death from cancer is a loss felt throughout the book.
Is this you?
Become a LibraryThing Author.