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The Real Minerva
A riveting, old-fashioned story with a modern spirit, Mary Sharratt's follow-up to her much-acclaimed debut, Summit Avenue, is the story of three women forging their own paths in a midwestern farming community. In 1923, as book-loving Penny enters adolescence, her mother pulls her out of school to go to work. Penny, the only child of Barbara, an embittered single mother who works as a cleaning woman for a wealthy family, sees no escape from her bleak existence until a scandalous figure arrives in the town of Minerva, Minnesota, and sets tongues wagging. Cora, very pregnant, very headstrong, and very alone, has come to make a home on her grandfather's farm. Intrigued by this curious woman, Penny goes to work for her. Like Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, The Real Minerva is a suspenseful and moving novel about the strength of women and the unexpected bonds that form between them.
259 2004
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