Friday, June 22, 2012
The Year We Were Famous, by Carole Estby Dagg
It's a historical drama, with some smooth character development. It was particularly nice how Clara really grew to understand her mother better during the trek and -- in the process -- crossed over the threshold to an adult-adult relationship with her. On its face, this is a predictable dramatic development in a story like this, but it is handled so naturally, that it never felt contrived. Best of all, there's plenty of interesting trivia to pick up along the way (ranging from the fact that many Western states granted women suffrage long before the nation as a whole, to the mannerisms of the people of the time). I learned a lot in a fairly painless way. Finally, I liked the ending, which strikes a perfect balance between happy and sad.