Author: Chase, Joan|O'Rourke, Meghan
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Year Published: 2014
Condition Rating: Like new, no creases, no spine breakage
Summary: Joan Chaseâ€™s subtle story of three generations of women negotiating lifetimes of â€œjoy and ruinâ€ deserves its place alongside such achievements as Marilynne Robinsonâ€™s Housekeeping and Alice Munroâ€™s Lives of Girls and Women.
The Queen of Persia is not an exotic figure but a fierce Ohio farmwife who presides over a household of daughters and granddaughters. The novel tells their stories through the eyes of the youngest members of the family, four cousins who spend summers on the farm, for them both a life-giving Eden and the source of terrible discoveries about desire and loss. The girls bicker and scrap, they whisper secrets at bedtime, and above all, they observe the kinds of women their mothers are and wonder what kind of women they will become. But always present is the familyâ€™s great trauma, the decline and eventual death from cancer of Gramâ€™s daughter Grace.
A powerful story about family ties and tensions, During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is also a book about place, charting the transformation of the old hardscrabble Midwest into the commercial wilderness of modern America.
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