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Jacob Have I Loved (1980)

by Katherine Paterson

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Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.
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The title is from a bible verse about Jacob and Esau, and that sums up how Louise feels. Her twin Caroline is everything that Louise is not. Growing up on Rass Island in the Chesapeake Bay, helping her Dad with the Oystering and Crabbing, things that Caroline is too fragile to do. In the end, Louise does leave the island to become a nurse midwife. She eventually moves to the valley of Truitt, West Virginia and winds up marrying a widower farmer. ( )
  nancynova | Nov 28, 2023 |
Louise has always felt inferior to her twin sister, Caroline. She feels that her sister got extra care, extra love, extra admiration her entire life. Caroline is the talented sister, with a beautiful voice, and the entire community of Rass Island loves her. Louise befriends Call, and the local man - The Captain, but Caroline enthralls them, too. Louise is envious of the care everyone shows to Caroline.
It isn't until Louise leaves the island and goes to college, and begins working as a nurse/midwife, that she meets a community that she believes cherishes her for who she is. The ending provides closure and allows Louise to come to terms with the sibling relationship. ( )
  rmarcin | Aug 21, 2023 |
I read this book as a kid and it really got inside my head. It actually still bubbles up in my memory from time to time, probably because the issues of belonging and fitting in that first drew me to the book are ones that still plague me today. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
I read this book on my slow but sure quest to read the Newbery winners. There were parts of the book that made me say, "Wow - they classified this as a CHILDREN'S book?" Maybe some of the things that made me cringe would go over a young person's head, but I'm not entirely convinced. Having said that, the book was a good read, and found the way things wrapped up very satisfying. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
Book about sisters. Interesting story. I liked the persistence of the one sister even though she was a bit whiny. ( )
  shazjhb | Oct 28, 2022 |
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Katherine Patersonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Järnefelt, IrmeliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mijn, Jet van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChristinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I wish it were EMMA, but, then,
you already have two or three copies of that.
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As soon as the snow melts, I will go to Rass and fetch my mother.
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Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.

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