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Old Home Town (Bison Book) Paperback – November 1, 1985
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Lane brings to life a rich cast of characters, many of them recurring throughtout the book. Each story is filled with telling details, strong character development and plot. Many of the stories detail the traps into which women fall -- marriages of convenience, the struggle against poverty, the subversion of natural desires to social convention.
Without denying the narrowness of small-town life, these stories brim with affection for the small town and its people, with all their genuine concern for one another. Hardship and hilarity, gossip and grace, these small-town characters see and experience it all.
Staying close to her small town while traveling far beyond it, Lane succeeds in setting down the details of a time and place long gone, yet populated with easily-recognized characters. A fine read, filled with the pleasure of nostalgia, yet not in the least soothing. Her view is too sharp for sedation.
I have loaned this book out to 2 people now and all of us are knocked out at how good Rose was. Purchase it, read it. Rose was well known in the early part of last century for good reason. Let's bring this author back to the audience she richly deserves today.
described the issues women faced at around the turn of a century, especially that of being an old maid! An old maid if
you're not married by your mid-20's? Wow!
The stories in this book was a combination of humorous and some seriousness. The characters were realistic and seem to come to life for that time period.
I love both authors, but these days Rose Wilder Lane's works represent an undiscovered pleasure for many readers. This particular collection of short stories gives us a highly entertaining glimpse into the goings-on of an unnamed small town in turn-of-the-century Mid-America. The author crafts a dynamic cast of characters, focusing on one or two with each vignette but weaving many of them throughout the book. Lane was a noted feminist, and many of these tales include telling commentary on the narrow-mindedness of small town life and the cultural plight of women at that particular point in history.
Through it all, though, Lane manages to convey a sincere affection for her characters and their resilience in the face of hardship.
Brimming with humor, poignancy, and nostalgia, these stories breathe life into a time and place long disappeared, yet in many ways still easily recognizable. If you enjoy movies like "It's a Wonderful Life" or "Meet Me in St. Louis," I highly suggest giving these stories a try. An absorbing testament to Lane's sharp intelligence and formidable writing gifts.
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Just like the writing of her mother. If you like Laura Ingalls Wilder, you will enjoy this.Published 10 months ago by Tim Lane
I loved the book and the story lines, but some of the bad language (cuss words) I had to blot out!Published 15 months ago by Jazzy
A Delightful read penned by Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter. The stories brought my back to a youngerself gobbling up Little House on the Prairie books as fast as I could.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I always enjoy Rose Wilder Lane's books. This one was very good also. She really has way of bringing you into a story.Published on May 2, 2014 by Joan Cowan
I loved Little House on the Prairie and I have just about every book too. I try to get them when I can because I'm passing them down to my granddaughter and great niece. Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
The book was good,rose really didn't want to spend anytime with her mother. She had her own life and she didn't want her to interfere with itPublished on March 24, 2013 by Sherry Bastow
I am a huge Little House fan, and have read Laura's books over and over again since childhood. Looking for more, I read Roger Lea MacBrides novels on Rose's life in Missouri. Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by DAS