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Feather Crowns Paperback – June 3, 1994
"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game. Pre-order today
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A young Kentucky farm couple becomes a center of public attention after giving birth to quintuplets in Mason's acclaimed novel.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-Early in the cold dark spring of 1900, when, according to apocalyptic prediction, the world is about to be destroyed by earthquake, a miracle occurs instead. In the backwoods of Kentucky, a farmwife gives birth to five healthy, well-formed babies-quintuplets, the first recorded in the U.S. From then on her life, and her family's, are never the same, as the world troops to her door to witness this grand spectacle. Or is it a freak show? This is a book about love, the journey of life, and the unsought miracles that transform human existence. Its voice and ambiance are authentic; appreciative readers will savor the lovely old words and the quaint ideas of another time, along with the unlovely, harsh practices of superstition, ignorance, and greed. Christie Wheeler's story is historical fiction at its warmest, fiercest, and most intimate. This moving novel will enrich any student's knowledge of American folklore, folklife, and social history.
Marya Andreen, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The protagonist's "epiphany" at the end does not prove overly satisfying. If you would like to read Mason at her best, buy a copy of Shiloh and Other Stories.
Feather Crowns is fiction, but it’s based on the true story of the first recorded birth of quintuplets in America. Even though the story nominally is centered around the babies, it’s really an examination of rural life in the early 1900s. Christie lives on a tobacco (‘tobaccer’, as she says) farm with her husband – and her husband’s extended family. While they have separate houses, it makes for a close living quarters indeed. So much family this close by can be a boon, though – Christie made having quintuplets plus three other children almost seem easy, since she had at least five other women to help her out! I found the most interesting part of the book to be learning about the customs and beliefs of people during this time period – that the men were served first at every meal, that women worked in the fields as well as the men, that finding a ‘feather crown’ inside a pillow was an omen of death.
The look back in time was definitely the most compelling part of the story for me. While the characters were interesting and developed, I myself had a hard time developing a connection with any of them. During parts of the story where the reader is supposed to be sad, I was just frustrated at the narrative. I also found the book to be longer than it needed to be – the plot meandered back and forth and felt stalled in several parts. There’s also something that happens halfway through the book which nearly made me put it down altogether – I won’t tell you what, for fear of spoilers, but suffice to say I was almost fed up. For the most part I ‘nothinged’ this book. While it was interesting to get a view of the early 1900s not set in urban New England, I found the storytelling too lacking to develop true feelings for the characters or their situations beyond frustration. I’m glad I finished it for the sake of finishing it, but I can’t truly recommend this book, even for historical fiction fans.
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