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Alberta and Jacob Paperback – June 1, 2003
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This is a book about the unease of being an adolescent girl in a small, isolated community and not being pretty, talented or charming enough to fit in or to have good prospects, whether of marriage or some sort of education.
This story is more about Alberta's perception of her situation, her struggle to handle disapproval from some and being ignored by others. It's not plot driven, so there are no big events, tragedies or fantastic challenges to overcome. The great challenge or struggle of the main character is with herself. She needs to develop strength of character to do what she needs to do to change her predicament.
I felt Alberta's loneliness in this book down to my bones - her alienation from the other women in her life, her sense of greater closeness to the enigmatic male figures such as her father and brother.
I thoroughly recommend these books to anyone who likes good writing and strong female characters.