Author: Mary Casanova
Release date: September 1, 2012
Published by: Univ of Minnesota Press
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sadie Rose lost her voice and her memories the night her mother died. Now, at 16 she is living with a pleasant couple, but she is feeling a little trapped. One day, she finds scandalous photographs of her mother, and begins to remember what her early life was like with her mother, a prostitute, including the night her mother died. She also begins to regain her voice, but getting her voice back may prove more dangerous than she could imagine. When she was silent and missing her memories, no one in town was worried. Now that she’s asking questions, people aren’t as happy.
Will Sadie Rose remember her mother and her mother’s death clearly enough to gain closure? Or will she remember just enough to jeopardize her own life?
My Thoughts: This story takes place in Minnesota during the 1920’s. Lumber was king and big lumber baron’s controlled everything—and guess who Sadie Rose’s adoptive family is involved with? I liked the setting and time period of the story, but I found the writing a little bland at times. It was slow-going as I traveled through the start of the story.
However, the plot line was a great coming-of-age journey for Sadie Rose. I guess I just struggled with the lack of action (I’ve been reading too many dystopians, maybe? :)
I thought it was interesting that as Sadie Rose gets her voice back she also becomes more empowered as a person (nice piece of symbolism:) I liked Sadie Rose as a character because she was calm and focused about remembering her past and finding out the answer to what happened to her mother. I will tell you that I was happy I stuck with it because the ending is very satisfying—I smiled as I closed the book.
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