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A July 2010 Indie Next Pick

Enidina Current and Mary Morrow live on neighboring farms in the flat, hard country of the upper Midwest during the early 1900s. This hardscrabble life comes easily to some, like Eddie, who has never wanted more than the land she works and the animals she raises on it with her husband, Frank. But for the deeply religious Mary, farming is an awkward living and at odds with her more cosmopolitan inclinations. Still, Mary creates a clean and orderly home life for her stormy husband, Jack, and her sons, while she adapts to the isolation of a rural town through the inspiration of a local preacher. She is the first to befriend Eddie in a relationship that will prove as rugged as the ground they walk on.  Despite having little in common, Eddie and Mary need one another for survival and companionship. But as the Great Depression threatens, the delicate balance of their reliance on one another tips, pitting neighbor against neighbor, exposing the dark secrets they hide from one another, and triggering a series of disquieting events that threaten to unravel not only their friendship but their families as well.
   In this luminous and unforgettable debut, Michelle Hoover explores the polarization of the human soul in times of hardship and the instinctual drive for self-preservation by whatever means necessary. The Quickening stands as a novel of lyrical precision and historical consequence, reflecting the resilience and sacrifices required even now in our modern troubled times.

For information, tour dates, and reading group resources, visit www.michellehoover.net.
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A July 2010 Indie Next Pick

Enidina Current and Mary Morrow live on neighboring farms in the flat, hard country of the upper Midwest during the early 1900s. This hardscrabble life comes easily to some, like Eddie, who has never wanted more than the land she works and the animals she raises on it with her husband, Frank. But for the deeply religious Mary, farming is an awkward living and at odds with her more cosmopolitan inclinations. Still, Mary creates a clean and orderly home life for her stormy husband, Jack, and her sons, while she adapts to the isolation of a rural town through the inspiration of a local preacher. She is the first to befriend Eddie in a relationship that will prove as rugged as the ground they walk on.  Despite having little in common, Eddie and Mary need one another for survival and companionship. But as the Great Depression threatens, the delicate balance of their reliance on one another tips, pitting neighbor against neighbor, exposing the dark secrets they hide from one another, and triggering a series of disquieting events that threaten to unravel not only their friendship but their families as well.
   In this luminous and unforgettable debut, Michelle Hoover explores the polarization of the human soul in times of hardship and the instinctual drive for self-preservation by whatever means necessary. The Quickening stands as a novel of lyrical precision and historical consequence, reflecting the resilience and sacrifices required even now in our modern troubled times.

For information, tour dates, and reading group resources, visit www.michellehoover.net.
Product Details
eBook (272 pages)
Published: June 29, 2010
Publisher: Other Press
Imprint: Other Press
ISBN: 9781590513606
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  • My boy, you might think an old woman hasn't much to say about living, but your grandmother knows when a person does right by her and when they don't.

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  • When finally my hands grew quiet, they rested on my stomach and I felt a fullness there. A quickening to accompany me.

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  • My boy, I may tell you things that are difficult to know. I am not always proud. There are times in this life when a person suffers from the ways of others. And there are times when a...

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  • The leaves hung with grasshoppers. Dirt drifted under our doors and through the cracks between the window. In the distance, the horizon wavered like smoke, and the wind never stopped...

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  • After the fire, that attic must have felt full of his being gone.

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  • No matter what she’d done, she and Kyle had given Frank something in the end. My boy, as you read this, you should know. You were a gift in your grandfather’s eyes.

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  • There is butter for a burn. A poultice for the cough. Alum for itch. Baking soda for skin. Frank walked straight into the corn.

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  • “I don’t think I could stand it,” she said. “Hush.” “If I ever lost him.”

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  • … I never will forget the heat of her fingers and the fear in them. That quickening under her skin, it’s the closest to you I’ve ever come.

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  • God himself would not abandon me, not like the rest-as if I deserved it- as if I had never done a good thing for anyone in my life.

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