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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company; 1st edition (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316815837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316815833
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Stonich's rich debut is a romance in the best sense of the word: it's a tale of love and adventure set in a remote time. From her hospital bed, 99-year-old Isobel Howard recalls her unexpected friendship with Cathryn Malley, a childless, Chicago-born heiress who shunned her family, attended art school and married an Irishman with no pedigree. During the summer of 1936, the women find themselves alone in Cypress, a mining town on the edge of a glacier-fed lake in Minnesota. Isobel is the wife of a tailor, mother of three young children and a milliner by training whose husband, Victor, has taken their two boys away to an island he has purchased--an extravagance that has become a sore point in their marriage. Left behind with her quiet daughter, Louisa, Isobel revives her interest in hatmaking, and Cathryn helps her. During their shared days, Cathryn introduces Isobel to literature, art and a more cosmopolitan view of life, ultimately making Isobel an accomplice to the affair she is having with a local forest ranger. But there is a darker side to this idyll, and as the elderly Isobel reflects on the ensuing events, it is clear that this summer has exacted a heavy price. Sticklers for logic may question some turns of the story, and Stonich's prose, despite an eye for exquisite detail, occasionally succumbs to flights of lyrical fancy. But once past the unsteady opening chapters, the novel gains its footing and opens up into atmospherically rendered, carefully observed scenes. Stonich unfurls a complex, many-layered and suspenseful story; and, like Susan Minot and Anita Shreve, she handles flashbacks and contemporary details with equal precision. (Mar. 7)Forecast: Storich is a talented writer whose affecting novel is bound to create conversation--and to appeal to readers of serious women's fiction. With the push promised by the publisher (including a 3-city author tour), it could have legs.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Isobel Howard is 99 and has outlived her husband and two of her three children. As she lays dying in a St. Paul hospital, she has time to reflect on her long life: her childhood, her courtship and marriage, and her career as a milliner. She also remembers the summer of 1936 when wealthy, beautiful, sophisticated Cathryn Malley came to the northern Minnesota mining town. The most exotic friend Isobel had ever had, Cathryn was also deeply troubled. When Cathryn's passionate love affair with a local man ended in tragedy, Isobel was forced to examine her own standards of family, love, and fidelity. Isobel tells the story to her youngest son, thereby unburdening herself of the secrets of more than 60 years. Her tale interweaves threads from past and present. Narrator Melissa Hughes deftly varies Isobel's voice so the listener can keep the layers straight. A good choice for popular collections.
Nann Blaine Hilyard, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Sarah Stonich is the author of internationally acclaimed "Vacationland" and the novels "These Granite Islands", and "The Ice Chorus", stories which have left their marks on readers around the world. The paperpback version of "The Ice Chorus" is now available. Her memoir "Shelter" came out to rave reviews and won the NEMBA award. Visit sarahstonich.com for more
From Sarah:
My latest book is a bit of a departure for me, a volume of interconnected stories, Vacationland. The main character is a crumbling resort - currently occupied by the immigrant builder's granddaughter - a 40-ish painter who's come "home" after her divorce. Various visitors to the place tell its history over a span of 40 years, weaving around the place with a just a degree or two of separation between each character. I'm now writing American River - a family saga spanning three generations.
More at sarahstonich.com

Customer Reviews

I very much enjoy her stories.
James Koski
It is just the whole experience of the book: it is like a movie you don't want to walk out on even to get a snack or go potty!
professorofenglish
If you like a well told story, with flawed, but interesting characters, this is a book for you.
Terry Mathews

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Lann-Smith on March 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
These Granite Islands is an eloquent and revealing portrait of a woman who has lived and rejoiced and suffered, and, perhaps most importantly, has learned ninety-nine years worth of life's lessons. As Isobel lay dying at the end of the century she has lived, she muses over one long-ago summer that changed her outlook and awakened her compassion and intelligance held in check. A poem buried in Isobel's subconcious (TS Eliot's "Marina")is slowly revealed to the reader, and to Isobel herself. The inclusion of this elegant poem parallels events in Isobel's life, defines them, and pays homage to the poet, reminding us that writers are by nature readers, living amongst a great wealth of words. The novel is a character study wrapped in a mystery and a heart-wrenching series of personal tragedies. This first novel by a talented new writer will surely succeed, assuring Ms. Stonich's place in contemporary fiction. This author's careful and precise use of language reminds me of earlier writers of similar tales; Virginia Wolff, Katherine Mansfield, and Edna Ferber (to whom the author respectfully nods, mentioning a similar story of fate versus free will). While this book will doubtless become a film, I say grab it read it well before that eventuality, for the emotional depth of this story cannot be portrayed on a screen in a few brief hours. If a few minor bits of the plot of These Granite Islands seem laid on rather thickly, the character development and very real dialoge redeem Stonich's lovely, memorable story. This is one to recommend.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Not quite a century old, Isobel Howard lies dying in a hospital room. Unable to mentally remain or perhaps refusing to stay in the present, Isobel reflects back to the pivotal point in her life, the summer of '36. She relates the drama of that year to her only surviving son who patiently awaits his mother's death.
That summer in Cypress, Minnesota, with her two sons away with their father on his island folly, Isobel and her daughter meets Chicago heiress Cathryn Malley. Cathryn's husband is also away on engineering business. On the bright side, Cathryn provides meaning and identity to Isobel's life beyond that of mother and wife by introducing her to the fine arts. On the other hand, Cathryn begins an affair with Jack Reese in which Isobel plays a reluctant, guilt-ridden middleman. Isobel hides what she knows from Cathryn's spouse who suspects his wife is cheating. Then one day, the lovers vanish as Jack's cabin burns to the ground haunting Isobel till her dying day.
THE GRANITE ISLANDS is a fabulous romantic relationship drama that seems like a well-written throw back to a time when romanticism meant something different. The story line starts a bit choppy, but once the flashbacks to 1936 get into gear, the plot is smooth sailing and worth the time. Fans of powerful emotional women's mainstream fiction with a historical bent will fully enjoy a strong character-based romantic tale that will make debut author Sarah Stonich a household name rather quickly.

Harrriet Klausner
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Prestwood on March 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This story, set in Minnesota, tells the tale of an elderly woman at the end of her life. She drifts in and out of conversations with her son and her memories of a special, unforgettable summer. This author is a great storyteller and I didn't want this one to end. The characters, relationships and conflicts are mesmerizing and I felt I really wanted to know this old woman and talk to her. It is truly one of the best things I have read in a long time. I expect we will be hearing a lot about this book and whatever she writes next.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Cox Kolar on April 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"These Granite Islands" was a lovely departure from the ordinary. Sarah Stonich paints for us exquisite images with magical words. The story of Isobel and Catherine was mesmerizing. I often found myself stopping and thinking about what I had just read and how touching it was simply by the way it was written. Treat yourself with a piece of beautiful artistry. You'll be glad you did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "alidalivia" on December 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Stonich's novel is a touching story of the way people invest in each other, the things we are willing to put into a relationship and what we get out of it. The story is told in non-linear fashion, drifting from past moment to past moment, framed by the present at Isobel's death bed, while maintaining the central story of Isobel and Katherine's friendship. The attitudes and conflicts of the period are present in the characters actions and dialogue, whithout ever being forced or heavy handed--in that way, Stonich put us in the period with authentic characters. Stonich's prose flows easily and quite often I found myself pausing to appreciate a particularly nice turn of phrase, beautiful metaphor, or stunning image. This is a book I will easily and readily recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By professorofenglish on December 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Don't think I am biased just because I am from Minnesota & so is the author AND the story is set there. IT TRULY IS GOOD! I am not understanding why there are so many poor reviews for this book listed here. Yes, you have to be A LITTLE on your toes while reading, as the plot DOES shift from past to present regularly, but it is soooooo interesting and offers so many insighful reflections into the human condition! I felt as if I were living the plot myself, or experiencing it visually, if nothing else. I loved the characters and I could not wait to see what they would do next! The ending somewhat disappointed me, as I expected soemthing else, but I forgave the author (*smile*) because she had to do what she had to do with her craft of writing. And I was fine with that. It is just the whole experience of the book: it is like a movie you don't want to walk out on even to get a snack or go potty! I read the whole thing in 2 days, which is AMAZING for me, since I live the world's busiest life & usually don't make time for books.

Try this out! It is worth it!!
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