- Paperback: 303 pages
- Publisher: Rue Morgue Press; 20th edition (November 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0915230151
- ISBN-13: 978-0915230150
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shay must adjust to a world almost 100 years in the past, and adjust to her life as Brandy, while still trying to coax the mirror into returning her back to her modern life and self. That the mirror is evil becomes apparent, but that doesn't stop Brandy from trying until she realizes finally that she belongs where she is.
The book has 3 basic parts: Shay living her life as Brandy, the life of Rachel her mother/daughter, and Brandy living her life as Shay.
I first read this book a long time ago, and I still have my original copy. I have re-read it many times, each time as enjoyable as the first. This is an excellent book, wonderfully written. It has a lot of humor in it which I found refreshing. I definately enjoyed the first part of the book, Shay as Brandy, better than the latter half which was Brandy as Shay. The characters in the latter part lost a lot of the luster and depth that her characters from the past had. Still, an excellent read. I recommend it.
The author did an absolute tremendous job in her social history research, giving very accurate accounts of what life was like in the year 1900, from slow travel and modes of dress to tools, furniture, bed sheets, sicknesses (like consumption, of which Shay has no idea what it is), and types of foods, as well as slow speech patterns and language usage. And poor Shay (now as Brandy) must conform to that life as well as the mores and morals of a very different time, a time when females had very little say in their lives. Miss Millhiser has used her words and research to paint a veritable picture of the past. No easy task and pretty much a rarity from many authors.
Part two of this novel shows the new life that Brandy McCabe - Shay's grandmother - must live.Read more ›
On the evening of her wedding Shay is thrown back in time to change places with her Grandmother Brandy, also on the evening of her wedding. A seventy-five year jump for Shay back to 1900 Boulder, Colorado. Three quarters of the book follow the adventures of Shay - now known as Brandy - as she ages through the years. This is the better written and most interesting part of the book. The last section is the story of Brandy - now known as Shay - as she adapts to the casual sex and mode of dress in the 1970s. The author does a nice job making you feel how it is for Shay and Brandy to deal with the manners of a different time and lifestyle.
The mirror of the title is the agent of the exchange and dips in and out of the story now and then. The origin of the mirror is never made clear but the mirror is not the story, the damage it does is the story. If you like the fun of time travel stories I would say you will not be disappointed.
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I have read this many times and the book has seen the wear from reading. when i found this for my kindle, I had to have it!Published 12 hours ago by Wendi Marie Parker
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