|Print List Price:||$17.00|
Save $11.01 (65%)
Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price set by seller.
My One Square Inch of Alaska: A Novel Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Saturday Evening Post
"Book clubs and readers of all ages, from teens to their grandmothers, will identify with the protagonists' quest to be true to themselves."
"...wonderfully captures the feel of small-town 1950s, a young woman's yearning for freedom, and her struggle to deal with how small, seemingly innocuous choices have life-changing consequences."
"Full of heart, My One Square Inch of Alaska evokes a specific slice of 1950s Americana... In Donna, Short presents a heroine forced into a youthful maturity that doesn't rob her of optimism, loyalty and amazing good sense."
"...a quest story that resonates for men as well as women in a heartwarming and compassionate way."
Historical Novel Review
"I finished the book with tears in my eyes, ready to recommend it to friends and students alike.. An affecting read, appropriate for even the youngest high school audiences."
School Library Journal
"A lovely uplifting read - you'll love it."
"...an endearing story of a teenage girl who is balancing her dreams with the crushing reality of family responsibilities. Donna is a compelling character with whom readers can easily identify."
Romantic Times Book Reviews
"...The truth and authenticity of Donna's memories of the pivotal year of her life simply bowled me over... Be prepared because once you start listening to what Donna has to say, you'll be glued to your seat until she's finished her tale."
Beth Fish Reads
"It's not that often I read a book that can evoke so much emotion in me... Beautiful story. Five stars."
From the Author
I believe I felt so impassioned about writing Donna and Will's story because, at its heart, it's about embracing, believing in and following one's dreams.... even if the odds are long or everyone else is saying 'you can't do this!' I've always been a believer in following one's dreams and working hard to achieve them, balancing that belief with realism. My children were at the age of transitioning from being teenagers to being young adults, so this personal experience also informed my thinking about this theme.
Every character in the novel represents some aspect of how we can respond to dreams; Jimmy and Babs find themselves under pressure to ignore exploring their own dreams in order to follow others' expectations, while many of the adult characters have denied their dreams or followed a dream that's really an illusion, and become bitter as a result. Mr. Cahill and MayJune are the adult exceptions to this; they understand and embrace their dreams, and encourage Donna and Will in theirs.
Will represents the wonderfully innocent belief of the very young in chasing dreams simply for the joy of the chase. His illness, and his awareness of its severity, give him an urgency, fierceness, and stubbornness in pursuing his dream that he might otherwise not have. His one tiny bit of territory represents the life-affirming importance of embracing one's dreams.
I also very much relate to Donna. Although I grew up more than 25 years later than she, and had different life circumstances, at our core, our emotional experiences as we grew up are very similar, so there is a lot of a younger me in Donna.
- Publication date : January 29, 2013
- File size : 872 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
- Publisher : Plume (January 29, 2013)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B008JHXSM8
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : B00FY5B1PY
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,235 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I really liked that not only was it a good story, it was also very well written. The characters were realistic and the plot was nearly always realistic, too. (ok..I had one question about how they could cross the border into Canada as minors and with a dog without papers to show that shots were up-to-date).
Donna is a typical high school senior who wants most to get out of her small town Ohio life. She lives with her mother's memory and an alcoholic father while taking care of her younger brother who develops a terminal illness.
The title of the story refers to a cereal box contest where someone can turn in ten box tops and win a deed to one square inch of Alaska. Her brother - Will - has a fascination with Alaska and dreams of winning and seeing his one square inch.
There is some sadness and disappointment in the book (like real life!) but you will finish it with a warm feeling.
As soon as I finished I went to Amazon to see if the author had more books...I hope she gets to work on her next novel soon. I will definitely buy it.
Another major theme is there is hope, even if it isn't what you want it to be.
Although the basic plot might sound facile, she doesn't take the easy, sentimental path so often indicated. Maybe that is why I believed in the characters and liked most of them despite their flaws. Sometimes I wanted to hit Donna upside her head, but I wish I had been far more like her than I was. Or am, for that matter.
As a papermaker's wife, the mill's role interested me, and seemed quite real. As if I didn't already know that Ms Short has lived in a paper town.