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The Blue Orchard: A Novel
by Jackson Taylor

Published: 2010-01-12
Paperback : 416 pages
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On the eve of the Great Depression, Verna Krone, the child of Irish immigrants, must leave the eighth grade and begin working as a maid to help support her family. Her employer takes inappropriate liberties, and as Verna matures, it seems as if each man she meets is worse than the last. ...
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On the eve of the Great Depression, Verna Krone, the child of Irish immigrants, must leave the eighth grade and begin working as a maid to help support her family. Her employer takes inappropriate liberties, and as Verna matures, it seems as if each man she meets is worse than the last. Through sheer force of will and a few chance encounters, she manages to teach herself to read and becomes a nurse. But Verna’s new life falls to pieces when she is arrested for assisting a black doctor with "illegal surgeries." As the media firestorm rages, Verna reflects on her life while awaiting trial.

Based on the life of the author’s own grandmother and written after almost three hundred interviews with those involved in the real-life scandal, The Blue Orchard is as elegant and moving as it is exact and convincing. It is a dazzling portrayal of the changes America underwent in the first fifty years of the twentieth century. Readers will be swept into a time period that in many ways mirrors our own. Verna Krone’s story is ultimately a story of the indomitable nature of the human spirit—and a reminder that determination and self-education can defy the deforming pressures that keep women and other disenfranchised groups down.

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Good questions in the book! Abortion, of course. Also much to discuss regarding life in the 30s, 40s, and 50s--and especially the plight of women.
Although we didn't like Verna, she certainly would never have been satisfied to be a stay at home mother.
by aperrigo (see profile) 09/07/11

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  "The Blue Orchard"by aperrigo (see profile) 09/07/11

Although this was nobody's favorite book, it certainly provided for great discussion! Growing up in the 1920's, Verna's life was never anything but hardscrabble. Her mother sent her off to... (read more)

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