Tuesday, July 24, 2007

51. "Stormy Weather" - Paulette Jiles


Jeannine Stoddard is the heroine of this story, picking up her family of four after her father's work on the oil fields causes him to {insert something awful here}. Like the girls in Little Women, Jeannine is the hard-working Jo, trying to create a family feel on her father's farm.

If Jeannine, is Jo, then her youngest sister is Beth, her mother is Meg (a bit flighty and never there to help), and her other sister is a silly Amy, just wanting to get out of there.

The book reminded me of Little Women because there is no real emotion. In fact, there was more to-do when Jo cut her hair for money. Jeannine should be furious with these whiners saddled to her, yet she rarely shows any frustration with them. Which makes one wonder, is this a saint story? Or have I missed the point?

2.5 out of 5.0 Dirty Dishwashers.

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