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A Room of My Own Paperback – February, 1998

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Wrapped up in dreams of boys and marriage, 13-year-old Virginia Eide is brought back to a harsh reality when her uncle loses his job and his whole family is forced to move in with the Eides. Slightly resentful, Virginia doesn't fully understand why Jim can't just get another job. Visits to "Soo City," a housing camp for the homeless on the edge of their town, open Virginia's eyes. Along with her doctor father, Virginia helps care for the homeless. Virginia also begins to realize that God may not only have a place in her day-to-day life but has plans for her entire lifetime. Tatlock's first novel brings the Depression era to life, especially in its depiction of the of Soo City residents. Recommended, especially as an alternative to the romances and thrillers that usually populate Christian fiction.
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"brings the Depression era to life... Recommended, as an alternative to the romances and thrillers that usually populate Christian fiction." -- Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764220233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764220234
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heidi L. Marshall on February 6, 1999
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I was totally fascinated by the characters in this good book. I learned so much about the Depression years, and I actually enjoyed learning about this period in our history. This author has a gift. Her next book is already in my shopping cart awaiting purchase. Definitely five stars.
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This is a beautifully written, very realistic look at life during the Great Depression. It is about a privelaged young girl who has to give up her own bedroom for her relatives who come to stay with her family after her uncle loses his job. She learns so much about real life through her compassionate father who is a gifted doctor who helps heal the poor. She learns to overcome her fears and predujices and grows up into a strong young lady. This is not a cheap, flaky romance for females who don't ever want to see pain and change, but rather one for those who are (or want to be) women of compassion, wisdom, maturity, and influence.
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I read this book when it first came out and i read it once a year now..i enjoy the way that Ann takes you deep into the emotions of the main character..you feel like you are going through this experience with her. I look forward to reading more books by Ann Tatlock soon
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Ann Tatlock brings us a sweet story of innocence, laced with subtle humor and warm spirit. It was truly refreshing to me to read a historical novel that gives one hope for the future. This is one "jewel" of a book that will leave you feeling better about yourself and the world around you. The characters jump off the page and you can easily relate to each. Excellent story line laced with fresh insights into this period of our history.
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This story is centered around the main character, 13 year old Virginia, who is discovering the bad things that can happen when people are out of work. Virginia's father is a doctor, and is never one to turn away someone in need, so when someone is injured in the nearby shanty town of Sioux City, he doesn't hesitate to go help. On later visits he takes Virginia along and they come to make many friends among the homeless, jobless people. Then hard times hit her own relatives as her Uncle Jim is fired from his job after trying to line up a union. Virginia loses her room to her aunt and uncle and has to get used to living with 4 extra people in her home. The story captures all the hardships people of this time had to endure, but also the kindness of people like Virginia and her family. They are put to the test when word gets out that the sheriff is planning to burn the residents of Sioux City out of there town. Virginia is caught between wanting to help her new friends or protecting her father, who she knows will want to go out and help. A touching story for anyone who wants a good book without bad language and which leaves a person feeling good.
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I started out praising this book. The writing is really quite lovely. BUT the story is sooooo drawn out. Scenes that could have taken a paragraph or two go on and on and on. I realize a writer has to set the mood but Tatlock goes so overboard in detailing every emotion and happening that it TAKES AWAY from the story. I've read LONG books (over 1000 pages) and the story was so good I didn't want them to end, but this story did not have enough subplots ... or any.. to carry the long windedness.
I'm sorry, but because of this major flaw I left this book near the end. By that time I really didn't care what happened to the characters, and I think that is the very WORST THING that can happen to a reader.
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Historical fiction is not usually my choice, but Ann Tatlock does it so well, writing from the perspective of a child in the depression years, that I am now a fan. At least, I'm a fan of anything she writes. I find myself right in the middle of the story with the characters, not because of having lived through those years myself, but because of the descriptive way she writes. It's never too much description, nor too flowery. In fact, you don't really notice the description so much as you see the characters and the places. None of this is at the expense of plot, however. It is a smooth flow from beginning to end.
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The story of living the life of a doctors daughter during the depression and learning how Gods blessings are for simple things will touch your heart. You honestly need to read this book in this time of "give me and I want it right now" mentality we live in today.
You will learn to love this family and appreciate the hardships people went through...and maybe become more compassionate in your own life.
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