In the past month I’ve read TEN novels.
I enjoyed every one of them, some more than others of course.
“Margreete’s Harbor” by Eleanor Morse
This was one of those novels that I just knew would become one of my all-time favorites. It touched my heart with its eloquence.
The characters were so authentically and vividly portrayed that I felt I knew them – and shared their lives.
The Maine setting added greatly to the narrative and is one I’ve come to appreciate. The eye-catching cover drew me in, and I’m so, so glad it did.
Many, many themes were covered within the pages of “Margreete’s Harbor“. Marital relationships, fidelity, dementia, parenting, hurt, homosexuality, what it means to be a family, and life – glorious, messy life. The book eloquently portrays the complicated intricacies of married life.
“You can’t take bad things back. Not as a person. Not as a country. It becomes part of who you are.”
Set from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s, in addition to being a narrative about a decent, complicated family, this book also incorporated some pivotal events in American history. The civil unrest in the South, racism, the Vietnam war and the draft, the assassination of President Kennedy, the speeches of Martin Luther King, etc.
I highly recommend this wonderful novel to those who enjoy well executed literary fiction that is character focused and includes more than a little history. A wonderful read!
I feel very lucky to have access to so many wonderful books. All the books above are reviewed here on the blog if you want to take a look.