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Unravelling

by Elizabeth Graver

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Unusual novel, beautifully written. This story is told through the first person voice of Aimee, a farm girl turned factory worker turned loner in 19th-century New England. Aimee's story unfolds in layers over several alternating time periods. Aimee, just like her name, is originally beloved, but ends up alienating her family due to her individuality and desire to live outside of normal conventions. Her tale of growing up and growing away from her roots beautifully rendered. ( )
  Lcwilson45 | Oct 30, 2008 |
A lusciously-written story about one woman's life, from growing up on a farm to going to the city to work in a mill, and so on. The story is told many years later, but the "flashbacks" aren't done in a harsh or obvious way. Some of the hints and allusions seemed to suggest there was more to the story than was written, but I liked it despite this slight disappointment. ( )
  digitalmaven | Sep 9, 2007 |
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From a small, bogside cabin in rural New England, 38-year-old Aimee Slater unravels the story of her life, attempting to make sense of the tangled thread that leads from her mother's house-a short, unbridgeable distance away-to the world she now inhabits. It is soon after the Civil War; Aimee lives alone, but is graced with visits from two friends, a crippled man and a troubled eleven-year-old girl. She is perpetually caught between the sensual world she so desires and the divine retribution passed down to her by her mother's scorn. How Aimee ultimately creates a life for herself and bridges that distance makes for a moving story of love and loss. Told in a voice of spare New England lyricism, Unravelling is a remarkably haunting account of the power of redemption.

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