A Novel

Book - 2021
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Cast adrift in the Depression-era West after the last of her relatives pass away, Zorrie survives by working at a radium processing plant before finding love, community and unexpected loss upon returning to her small Indiana hometown.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.
ISBN: 9781635575361
Characteristics: 161 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 04, 2021

Zorrie led a quiet life starting during the depression. Her life would not have been the subject of a modern day reality show but she was actually more real. A wonderful read that brought you into Zorrie's life which was majestic in its right.
Read and enjoy this delightful novel.

Feb 09, 2021

This quiet novel reminded me so much of my grandparents’ farm in Nebraska. Nothing earthshaking takes place, life moves on from day to day, filled with joy, friendship, sadness and hard work. By placing an independent female as the protagonist Zorrie takes a different approach. Zorrie grew up with an aunt until the aunt’s death, and then Zorrie became one of the many people moving from place to place in the depression looking for work. An opportunity to live with an elderly couple and care for them led to her marriage to their son. Harold and Zorrie ran the family farm. Harold went off to fight in WWII and never returned. Zorrie remained farming alone with the help of hired hands. Zorrie became a memorial character and probably reflects the life of many women during the depression and many of them probably echo her loneliness with the death of a spouse during the war. The book is less than 200 pages and yet by the end, the reader is fully engaged in Zorrie’s mundane life.


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