San Miguel

San Miguel

Book - 2012
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The lives of three women on turn-of-the-20th-century San Miguel are shaped by ambition and circumstance, including the wife of a Civil War veteran who hopes to recover her health, her rebellious aspiring actress daughter and a librarian who wonders if the island's peace will endure in the face of looming war.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012
ISBN: 9780670026296
0670026298
9780670026241
0670026247
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOYLE T
Characteristics: 367 p. : map ; 24 cm

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EmilyEm
Nov 18, 2012

Boyle tells this story of two families living on San Miguel, one of the Channel Islands off coast of California at Santa Barbara. They are told through the eyes of women, reluctant adventurers in this lonely place during the 1880s and the 1930s.

As he did in his book The Women, Boyle uses real lives, journals and articles to create his fictional tale. But, I had an uneasy feeling this time. Marantha, the woman from an earlier time, is dying of TB, making the first part very grim. By contrast, Elise embraces her life on this remote island, seemingly happier than could be possible. Disappointing for me

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BigOrange
Nov 15, 2012

Interesting descriptions of these women's different experiences living on an isolated island at different time periods. I kept expecting the stories to interweave in some way, but each story was isolated as well.

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maven
Oct 07, 2012

Two separate families' experiences on an island off the coast of California, each with aspects that drew my interest. However, I felt like I wanted to hear more about each story, and the segue between the time periods was not that smooth, so the time shift was a bit rough.

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