Saturday, February 28, 2015
Snow Apples, by Mary Razzell
Gritty and realistic, Razzell brilliantly captures the sense of time and place. Rather than tell us about the injustices of the time, she lets them unfold naturally. It's a tricky business: to unleash circumstances that offend modern sensibilities without pulling back and editorializing, but Sheila is painted realistically. She certainly objects to the sexism around her, but she recognizes it as something much bigger than herself. It is left for the reader to become indignant. I could have done without the graphic depiction of a miscarriage at the end of the book, but otherwise, I appreciated the realism and attention to detail that is present here. The story, while modest in scope, opens a portal to another time and place which will fascinate the reader.