The Driest Season
As her community suffers a long season of drought, sixteen-year-old Cielle endures a more personal calamity: the unexpected death of her father. On a balmy summer afternoon, she finds him hanging in the barn—the start of a dark secret that threatens her family’s livelihood. A war rages elsewhere, while in the deceptive calm of the American heartland, Cielle’s family contends with a new reality and fights not to be undone.Based on an award-winning short story, The Driest Season creates a moving portrait of Cielle’s struggle to make sense of her father’s time on earth, and of her own. Debut novelist Meghan Kenny tells, with wisdom and grit, a deeply affecting story of a young woman discovering loss, heartache, and—finally—hope.

The Driest Season Details

TitleThe Driest Season
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
ISBN-139780393634594
Rating
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, War, World War II

The Driest Season Review

  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    A slice of life in the American heartland. Boaz Wisconsin, 1943, Cielle finds her father dead, hanging from the rafters in the barn. This discovery puts the family at risk, their farm at risk, and leads Cielle on the quest to discover exactly why her beloved father did what he did. (Not a spoiler since this discovery is part of the books summary) Although America is going to war, and will touch this family, the events of the summer take precedence, as Cielle must come to terms with a huge loss a A slice of life in the American heartland. Boaz Wisconsin, 1943, Cielle finds her father dead, hanging from the rafters in the barn. This discovery puts the family at risk, their farm at risk, and leads Cielle on the quest to discover exactly why her beloved father did what he did. (Not a spoiler since this discovery is part of the books summary) Although America is going to war, and will touch this family, the events of the summer take precedence, as Cielle must come to terms with a huge loss and it's aftereffects.Cielle, soon to be sixteen, as expected, changes over this summer, grows up and comes to understand the contrary nature of man's outward personality, and the churning difficulties he harbors within. It is a slow road of often somber realizations, but beautifully written. The flashbacks to specific moments with her father were wonderfully portrayed, and emotionally touching. Family, friends, the weather affecting the farm, a first love, and a broken romance are encompassed in this novel. The descriptions of the country side are brilliantly rendered. A beautiful place that holds the family at its center, their life and livlihood caught within.The Amish, and their different standards of living, come to the aid of this small family, and bring a different sort of realization to Cielle. A quiet, internal novel about facing a devastating loss while attempting to keep external forces from taking what is theirs. ARC from edelweiss.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Although this isn't a genre I usually read, I did enjoy The Driest Season . This is an extremely well written short story and accurate depiction of farm life in the post Depression era. I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters and how they supported each other through all their life changes. There is grief and heartbreak, growth and challenges. The girls were supported by their grandmother to take a lot more chances than most girls at this time were allowed. The strength in their family t Although this isn't a genre I usually read, I did enjoy The Driest Season . This is an extremely well written short story and accurate depiction of farm life in the post Depression era. I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters and how they supported each other through all their life changes. There is grief and heartbreak, growth and challenges. The girls were supported by their grandmother to take a lot more chances than most girls at this time were allowed. The strength in their family ties was honest and inspiring! I would recommend this story for readers who enjoy American historical fiction. It's a quick read and I appreciate the ARC from a GR give-away!
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  • Fran
    January 1, 1970
    Cielle Jacobson, sixteen years old, lived on a one hundred acre farm in Boaz, Wisconsin. The farm, owned and settled in 1863 by her Norwegian great-grandfather, was no longer Jacobson land. During the depression, old Mr. Olsen bought land from struggling farmers and leased it back to them. In summer 1943, Cielle came home from school to find her father hanging from a beam in the barn, an apparent suicide. If she were to tell anyone, her life would instantly change. She went to a neighboring farm Cielle Jacobson, sixteen years old, lived on a one hundred acre farm in Boaz, Wisconsin. The farm, owned and settled in 1863 by her Norwegian great-grandfather, was no longer Jacobson land. During the depression, old Mr. Olsen bought land from struggling farmers and leased it back to them. In summer 1943, Cielle came home from school to find her father hanging from a beam in the barn, an apparent suicide. If she were to tell anyone, her life would instantly change. She went to a neighboring farm but told no one about her discovery.The discovery of Lee Jacobson's body and "tractor accident" as his cause of death was a crafted cover up of lies and deception. If Mr. Olsen knew that the death wasn't accidental, it would contractually void any buy-back agreement for the farm.Many Boaz residents were unable or unwilling to address their personal issues and created smoke screens and omissions. Cielle, however, wanted to understand why her father left. She wasn't ready for this sudden change. What do you do when loved ones leave?Cielle experienced tumultuous change in 1943, uncertainty for sure, but her strength of character was slowly developing. Life as she knew it no longer existed. Did life cycles create positive experiences as well? "The Driest Season" by Meghan Kenny is a heartfelt, coming of age novel I highly recommend. Thank you W.W. Norton & Company and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review "The Driest Season".
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  • Meigan
    January 1, 1970
    Realistically portraying life in the heart of farming country in America right on the brink of entering WWII, The Driest Season tells the story of a family trying to keep it together when everything is falling apart. 16 year old Cielle is the one who finds her father, hanging from the barn rafters after his suicide. Grappling with the hows and whys and how they’re supposed to move on afterwards, she and her family are thrust into a world of secrets and how nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Realistically portraying life in the heart of farming country in America right on the brink of entering WWII, The Driest Season tells the story of a family trying to keep it together when everything is falling apart. 16 year old Cielle is the one who finds her father, hanging from the barn rafters after his suicide. Grappling with the hows and whys and how they’re supposed to move on afterwards, she and her family are thrust into a world of secrets and how nothing is ever as simple as it seems. The only thing that’s certain is life will go on for the rest of the family, but it will certainly never be the same. Exploring mental illness and loss, this story packs quite the emotional punch despite its short page count and certainly doesn’t waste a single word. Every character was dimensional and fully developed, the world was realistically portrayed, and each and every aspect of this short novel was there to serve a purpose. Quite a feat to deliver all of the above in just 192 pages, but Kenny delivered beautifully. All in all, The Driest Season was an enjoyable and quick story of heartbreak and hope and family, and certainly one that’ll tug on the old heartstrings a bit. Highly recommended and I’ll definitely be watching for anything else by Meghan Kenny. *I received a free copy through Goodreads giveaways.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Fifteen year old Cielle struggles to make sense of her father’s time on earth, and of her own. A war rages elsewhere, while in the deceptive calm of the American heartland, Cielle’s family contends with a new reality and fights not to be undone.This was an enjoyable quick read and appropriate for young teen and adults. 3.25☆
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  • Carla
    January 1, 1970
    I so enjoyed this book set in Wisconsin during World War II. Fifteen year old Cielle is wise beyond her years and the death of her father has her questioning the secrets that are being kept, and her own place in the world. With wonderful character development, I was instantly a party to Cielle's thoughts and feelings. This is Meghan Kenny's debut, and what a wonderful debut it is. This book will be available in mid February. My thanks to Netgalley and W.W. Norton and Company for access to this b I so enjoyed this book set in Wisconsin during World War II. Fifteen year old Cielle is wise beyond her years and the death of her father has her questioning the secrets that are being kept, and her own place in the world. With wonderful character development, I was instantly a party to Cielle's thoughts and feelings. This is Meghan Kenny's debut, and what a wonderful debut it is. This book will be available in mid February. My thanks to Netgalley and W.W. Norton and Company for access to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Anne Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting story about a young girl, growing up in a small Mid-Western town, and the changes around the world that would impact her. Both her changes and her famiy's changes.Interesting characters and realistic story.
  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    Fifteen year old Ciella life is forever changed when she walks into the barn on her family's farm in Wisonsin. She finds her father hanging from one of the beams and if word gets out he committed suicide Ciella and her sister and mother could lose their farm. This is a story of grief and growing up set in the 1940s during World War II.The author originally wrote a short story with the same title and this is more of an expanded version of the story. Clocking in at under 200 pages it does read mor Fifteen year old Ciella life is forever changed when she walks into the barn on her family's farm in Wisonsin. She finds her father hanging from one of the beams and if word gets out he committed suicide Ciella and her sister and mother could lose their farm. This is a story of grief and growing up set in the 1940s during World War II.The author originally wrote a short story with the same title and this is more of an expanded version of the story. Clocking in at under 200 pages it does read more like an extended story than a full length novel but it doesn't make it any less satisfying. Even though it deals with serious subjects there is something very simplistic about it. I really enjoyed this one and would definitely check out any future books by the author. I won this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written, melancholy novel. Somewhat reminiscent of Larry Watson’s fiction, putting this book in excellent company. I highly recommend this short, quiet story.
  • Gina Smith
    January 1, 1970
    The Driest Season is a beautifully written book set in a small town in Wisconsin, 1943. The main character, almost 16 year old Cielle, comes home from summer school to find her father has killed himself in the family barn. What follows afterward is her struggle to find answers during a time when speaking about suicide was taboo. This is a coming of age story of Cielle’s personal strength, peppered with touching flashbacks of time spent with her father. At one point Cielle muses, “It seemed being The Driest Season is a beautifully written book set in a small town in Wisconsin, 1943. The main character, almost 16 year old Cielle, comes home from summer school to find her father has killed himself in the family barn. What follows afterward is her struggle to find answers during a time when speaking about suicide was taboo. This is a coming of age story of Cielle’s personal strength, peppered with touching flashbacks of time spent with her father. At one point Cielle muses, “It seemed being a good person didn’t mean anything at all, it didn’t mean you got what you wanted or kept people close or that your life would turn out the way you thought and hoped it would.” The end of the story leaves a lot of unanswered questions- which is perfectly planned. I truly enjoyed the superbly written book.I received this ARC copy from Goodreads. Thank you Goodreads and author, Megan Kenny.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Quiet, sometimes melancholy book about the aftermath of a farmer's suicide in the 1940s. The main character is the farmer's daughter, Cielle, and she wonders how their lives will change now that her father is gone. The stigma of suicide and mental illness are touched upon. This book was based on a short story, but at less than 200 pages, it's really more of a novella.I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
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  • Diana Mack
    January 1, 1970
    a very quiet story of a farmer who commits suicide at his farm and his 15 yr old daughter Cielle finds him. this story doesn't have a lot of action..it is almost a coming of age story. the suicide brings out some repercussions that cielle has to try and understand at the same time that she is experiencing her first kids, her sister leaving home and interactions with other characters during WWII.cielle is likeable and I admired her.read this for a break from all the "if you liked gone girl" stuff
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  • Threasa Jenkins
    January 1, 1970
    Another book I won on Goodreads, and I thank you. The Driest Season is the story of 15-year old Cielle Jacobsen. She finds her father hanging in the barn after he has committed suicide. It tells of how she deals with the loss, what questions she has, and how she works through her grief. The time is during World War II, and the book tells of young men leaving the town to join the war. A very interesting read.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I'm so happy I won this. What a great story. It's set in 1943 and read like a mid-century book. It was a slow, but the characters and setting were well developed. Kind of reminded me of Willa Cather, but maybe only because there was a farm involved.
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  • TJYoung
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished The Driest Season – AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL BOOK!!!! This is a lovely short gem of a book. Ended too early, so much more to tell. This is one of those books that catches you in the first few paragraphs and you don’t want to stop reading, it is a short powerful story condensed to about 200 pages. The story is told by Cielle, a fifteen year girl that finds her father in the barn who had hung himself as she comes home from school. It is a gut wrenching story of how she tries to find why he Just finished The Driest Season – AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL BOOK!!!! This is a lovely short gem of a book. Ended too early, so much more to tell. This is one of those books that catches you in the first few paragraphs and you don’t want to stop reading, it is a short powerful story condensed to about 200 pages. The story is told by Cielle, a fifteen year girl that finds her father in the barn who had hung himself as she comes home from school. It is a gut wrenching story of how she tries to find why he would have done this and how she deals with the loss and so many other changes taking place in her life. The book revolves around her family and the consequences of suicide or an accidental death and the ramifications of ownership of their land. I love the way the story really wrapped everything up in a nice neat package in the last few chapters. I so enjoyed this book, the author has a way of describing the scenery and the locations so well that you can picture the farm, the barn, Ginger, her bicycle, and the neighbor’s houses. I felt so many emotions during the entire read, and related to every character. I could even picture the train station scenes with Brodie and then with Helen in her white dress as they pulled away. I was raised on a farm and this book took me back many many years where I could picture my 15th summer, she nailed it..... the feelings and emotions were spot on. I highly recommend this read, several hours well spent. This book will stick with me for a long, long time. I thank Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book for my unbiased review.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and the publisher was kind enough to send a second copy when the first got lost in the mail. This is a quiet and moving story about sixteen-year-old Cielle coping with and trying to make sense of her father's death in rural Wisconsin as her life changes in other profound ways - her family's property is hit by a tornado, her neighbor goes off to war and her sister heads to Madison for college. The imagery was strong and pulled me in right away. I also I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and the publisher was kind enough to send a second copy when the first got lost in the mail. This is a quiet and moving story about sixteen-year-old Cielle coping with and trying to make sense of her father's death in rural Wisconsin as her life changes in other profound ways - her family's property is hit by a tornado, her neighbor goes off to war and her sister heads to Madison for college. The imagery was strong and pulled me in right away. I also appreciated the strong relationship Cielle's family had with the local Amish community. At less than 200 pages, this is a quick read and well worth it.
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  • Edwin Howard
    January 1, 1970
    THE DRIEST SEASON by Meghan Kenny is the story of a fifteen year old girl, Cielle, who is coping with her father's death and with her own maturity and self-discovery. Cielle walks in on her father's suicidial hanging, then his death is pronounced to the world as an accidental demise. In Cielle's search for the truth and why it was hidden, she learns about hope, love, and survival. Setting the story in the 1940's in Wisconsin provides a melancholy backdrop to a melancholy story that in the end, THE DRIEST SEASON by Meghan Kenny is the story of a fifteen year old girl, Cielle, who is coping with her father's death and with her own maturity and self-discovery. Cielle walks in on her father's suicidial hanging, then his death is pronounced to the world as an accidental demise. In Cielle's search for the truth and why it was hidden, she learns about hope, love, and survival. Setting the story in the 1940's in Wisconsin provides a melancholy backdrop to a melancholy story that in the end, provides hope that Cielle and her family will move on and grow from this ordeal. The author, Kenny, writes the book through the eyes of Cielle, which for the reader is enjoyable and challenging at the same time. While the innermost thoughts and feelings of Cielle are clear at all times, everyone around's motives are vague and hard to figure out, which is true when a fifteen year old young woman is trying to figure those intentions, but as a reader it left me missing something. Maybe Kenny is trying to consider that people can be vague and unclear and having the book mimic that struggle of understanding is what the author is trying to accomplish. Challenging a reader can be good, but sometimes clarity and straightforwardness is a good thing too. Thank you to W. W. Norton & Company, Meghan Kenny, and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Irene Adam
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free e-copy of this book and have chosen to write an honest and unbiased review. I have no personal affiliation with the author. This is a short but powerful story. The setting is a Wisconsin farm in 1943 and the boys are going off to WW II. A young girl discovers that her father has hanged himself in the barn when she comes home from school. Her mother with assistance from a neighbor covers it up and calls it a tractor accident. We feel the stigma to suicide in the community throug I received a free e-copy of this book and have chosen to write an honest and unbiased review. I have no personal affiliation with the author. This is a short but powerful story. The setting is a Wisconsin farm in 1943 and the boys are going off to WW II. A young girl discovers that her father has hanged himself in the barn when she comes home from school. Her mother with assistance from a neighbor covers it up and calls it a tractor accident. We feel the stigma to suicide in the community throughout the story. Then a tornado destroys the barn. Who is going to cut and bale the hay and where will they store it? What is going to happen to the family? What is going to happen to the farm and land? As happened so often during and after the Great Depression the land was bought by a neighbor and rented back to the family with the option to buy it back. Will the owner of the land discover that it was a suicide and void their contract to buy the land back? Meghan is a very descriptive writer. This is a great short story and I’d like to see the story and its characters developed further. I’d really like to know what happens to this family. I look forward to reading more from Meghan Kenny in the future.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this novel, which has some great lines, but lines that make this more of a Young Adult novel than Historical Fiction. The heroine is 15 and the most mature person in the book with the exception of her Grandma the wise crone. "And when boys are quite like now, it's because you have said something true and they don't want to admit it.""That didn't seem like love to her, to give up and wait for some else.""Nothing romantic about love, said her grandmother, it's hard work to love someone. I enjoyed this novel, which has some great lines, but lines that make this more of a Young Adult novel than Historical Fiction. The heroine is 15 and the most mature person in the book with the exception of her Grandma the wise crone. "And when boys are quite like now, it's because you have said something true and they don't want to admit it.""That didn't seem like love to her, to give up and wait for some else.""Nothing romantic about love, said her grandmother, it's hard work to love someone. Nobody ever tells you that. And it's hardest when they leave you without reason or warning."Change WWII with with Iraq-Afghanistan and I don't think there is a difference except in marketing the book. If the family farm was threatened in 1943 it is on the brink now. Immature boys have always wanted to run off to war, and the injured veterans have always served as reminder of war's horrors. I read this in one day. It was concise and compelling.
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  • Patricia Baker
    January 1, 1970
    received advance reading copy to read and review.short satisfactory story about death and growing up...Cielle, age 16, came home to find her dad hanging from a beam in the barn...she pretents that she does not see this and hopes that her mother will step forward to soften this loss...her mother is somewhat quiet and noncomforting...her older sister is set to graduate high school, go to college and then get married...the boy she wants to marry enlists in the military bringing a full stop to this received advance reading copy to read and review.short satisfactory story about death and growing up...Cielle, age 16, came home to find her dad hanging from a beam in the barn...she pretents that she does not see this and hopes that her mother will step forward to soften this loss...her mother is somewhat quiet and noncomforting...her older sister is set to graduate high school, go to college and then get married...the boy she wants to marry enlists in the military bringing a full stop to this planning...there are a couple of neighbors who factor in the story in a small way...feel this book would be a good book club book..much to discuss about suicide, growing up and leaving the familiar...good job for a debut novel...on a last note, really did want to read what the dad's note said..do not believe the mother and what she said...
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  • Jenny Shank
    January 1, 1970
    As Meghan Kenny's taut debut novel opens in rural Wisconsin during the parched July 1943, 15-year-old Cielle discovers that her beloved father has hanged himself in their farm's barn. He'd struggled with incessant headaches, both literal and metaphorical, as he tried to keep the farm from bankruptcy during a drought. Secrets and troubles mount as Cielle's mother and the neighbors aim to portray the suicide as an accident so they won't violate the terms of their land agreement and lose the farm. As Meghan Kenny's taut debut novel opens in rural Wisconsin during the parched July 1943, 15-year-old Cielle discovers that her beloved father has hanged himself in their farm's barn. He'd struggled with incessant headaches, both literal and metaphorical, as he tried to keep the farm from bankruptcy during a drought. Secrets and troubles mount as Cielle's mother and the neighbors aim to portray the suicide as an accident so they won't violate the terms of their land agreement and lose the farm. Nervy Cielle grows in power, taking bold action to avert further loss, and reaching out to grab everything she wants. "She wanted connection," Kenny writes, "to be understood, chosen, loved, seen, noticed, and known." Kenny details the rural landscape and its people — full of judgments, secrets, yearning, and tenderness — with precision and honesty that evoke the great Kent Haruf.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARS..........The Driest Season is a short story that gabs you from the first paragraph and you just have to keep reading to find out what happened to Cielle's dad who she discovers on her way home one day hanging in their barn.Cielle struggles to understand why her dad would take his life and why all the adults around her are lying about it. She becomes investigative, but this really goes no where. At 15 she is trying to make sense of this huge loss in her life. Her sister goes off to coll 3.5 STARS..........The Driest Season is a short story that gabs you from the first paragraph and you just have to keep reading to find out what happened to Cielle's dad who she discovers on her way home one day hanging in their barn.Cielle struggles to understand why her dad would take his life and why all the adults around her are lying about it. She becomes investigative, but this really goes no where. At 15 she is trying to make sense of this huge loss in her life. Her sister goes off to college and Bodie goes off to war, more loss.. The story was a nice light overview about grief, loss and change. It didn't have the teeth you would expect for a subject matter of this magnitude. Other than Cielle, I couldn't get invested in any other character, more details and development were needed to connect with them.I really enjoyed the story, a quick read I finished in two days.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Told over the course of one summer, The Driest Season tells the story of Cielle a young woman dealing with the grief and questions surrounding her father's death. Cielle is a determined 15-year-old trying to find answers for questions that really will never have a satisfying answer. Hiding for possibly very minor spoilers.(view spoiler)[The description of the book led me to believe that was going to be a big mystery revealed about Cielle's father's death and while I was reading I was waiting for Told over the course of one summer, The Driest Season tells the story of Cielle a young woman dealing with the grief and questions surrounding her father's death. Cielle is a determined 15-year-old trying to find answers for questions that really will never have a satisfying answer. Hiding for possibly very minor spoilers.(view spoiler)[The description of the book led me to believe that was going to be a big mystery revealed about Cielle's father's death and while I was reading I was waiting for that mystery to reveal its self, but in the end there was no mystery, her father's reasons were never going to sooth Cielle's grief or answer her questions. (hide spoiler)]I won this book in a Goodreads' giveaway, but the opinion is all my own.
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  • Angélique
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a cute little story; the poor girl endures SO much drama that you can't help but get emotionally involved with her. I hope the author writes a sequel so I can find out how they all grow up & turn out... like who does the sister end up married to... the lawyer, the neighbor boy (& does he survive the war), or someone else entirely? And who does she end up with... the Olsen boy, the neighbor boy (yes, I could see that happening), the Amish boy, or someone else entirely AND doe This is such a cute little story; the poor girl endures SO much drama that you can't help but get emotionally involved with her. I hope the author writes a sequel so I can find out how they all grow up & turn out... like who does the sister end up married to... the lawyer, the neighbor boy (& does he survive the war), or someone else entirely? And who does she end up with... the Olsen boy, the neighbor boy (yes, I could see that happening), the Amish boy, or someone else entirely AND does she go away to college? So many questions...
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    It's a good book and it's short and simple but with a wonderful depth. Cielle arrives home from summer school one hot afternoon and finds her father hanging in the barn; a suicide. Life is not and will not ever be the same; she questions herself and others - why? I like her character - she's strong and smart and begins to understand that there will always be changes in life, in love gained and lost.Highly recommended.Thank you Goodreads for providing me a copy for my review.
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  • Colleen Maclennan
    January 1, 1970
    A short but realistic read about the pain of loss and coming of age. To understand dying is difficult and more so if you are fifteen and find your much loved father hanging from the barn rafters. This book deals with loss, depression , first loves, war , the casualties of war, grief , friendships and communities. The author’s descriptions of characters, their feelings and the landscape is well done.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    My daughter received this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway and loaned it to me. This novel takes very little time to read, but packs in an emotional roller coaster. The writing is beautifully done, straightforward but with such imagery, you feel the heat of the summer in the Wisconsin farmland on each page.
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  • Liz Freeman
    January 1, 1970
    Set in Wisconsin farming town during WWII. Character driven. setting is memorable--the farmland, its community struggles with weather. Basic coming of age story done well: 15 year old Cielle struggling to make sense of her father's death, family loyalties, secrets and how she goes from loss and heartache to hope.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC. Oh this was a beautiful read. A coming of age story set in Wisconsin’s farmland during WW2. The author is a visual story teller bringing the outdoors to life in color, sounds and texture. The characters were wonderful. A story about grief, beautiful family relationships and moving on and forward. I just loved it.
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  • Elaine Young
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this short but beautifully written novel set in Wisconsin farmland during World War II. Fifteen year old Cielle finds her father hanging in the barn and learns the many ways people face loss. Although not much happens in this slow paced novel, a young girl comes of age and learns tofind herself. There are many beautiful descriptive passages that pull one into the story.
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