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During the Reign of the Queen of Persia (1983)

by Joan Chase

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I found both the story and the writing disjointed. Even the good plot ciouldn't save it. ( )
  cacky | May 9, 2014 |
A striking piece of literature A 10!!!

This masterpiece tells the story of three generations of women living in and around a farm in Ohio circa 1950-60's but it is so much more - it celebrates womanhood and its many challenges. Realism at its finest. For a short time, you are a member of this predominately female clan. Characters depicted with their perfection and flaws, beauty and ugliness, success and failures.

Chase's prose is tranquil and hypnotic. She leaves you 'feeling' and 'seeing' her exquisite narrative and characters along with surroundings. Your five senses ignited by this author. She melodically tells a 'story' rather than stringing poetic ramblings.

This is a masterpiece and is now among the few I refer to as my all time favorites. Absolutely beautiful piece of literature from an amazing composer of lyrical prose with incredible depth. Stunning. Love love love this novel!

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  Melinda_H | Apr 22, 2014 |
A striking piece of literature A 10!!!

This masterpiece tells the story of three generations of women living in and around a farm in Ohio circa 1950-60's but it is so much more - it celebrates womanhood and its many challenges. Realism at its finest. For a short time, you are a member of this predominately female clan. Characters depicted with their perfection and flaws, beauty and ugliness, success and failures.

Chase's prose is tranquil and hypnotic. She leaves you 'feeling' and 'seeing' her exquisite narrative and characters along with surroundings. Your five senses ignited by this author. She melodically tells a 'story' rather than stringing poetic ramblings.

This is a masterpiece and is now among the few I refer to as my all time favorites. Absolutely beautiful piece of literature from an amazing composer of lyrical prose with incredible depth. Stunning. Love love love this novel!

A copy provided in exchange for an honest review ( )
  Melinda_H | Apr 22, 2014 |
stupid title. good story. i was a little confused as to who was whose kid. who is the author? ( )
  mahallett | Jul 29, 2008 |
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In northern Ohio there is a county of some hundred thousand arable acres which breaks with the lake region flatland and begins to roll and climb, and to change into rural settings: roadside clusters of houses, small settlements that repose on the edge of nowhere, single lane bridges, backwater country stores with a single rusting gas pump, barns advertising Mail Pouch in frayed and faded postings.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345410467, Paperback)

"Daily life exhilarated with the richness and evocativeness of poetry."

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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.


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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.… (more)

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