Today is already our final day of the Literary Sewing Circle focusing on Theresa Kishkan's Sisters of Grass!
I shared a lot of my thoughts on the book in our earlier book talk post. You can explore those for some of my thoughts; today I'll share an overview of my impressions of this novel. I hope you will too!
Looking at this book from a librarian's perspective, I note that the 'appeal factors' that are most evident are the writing style, the setting, and the characters. The plot, such as it is, is not one that will keep you flipping pages to find out what happens. That's not really the point of this story! The story is most notable for its poetic writing; the descriptions, imagery, and atmosphere build a compelling setting that then sets off the quiet daily lives of the characters, both the current day ones and the historical ones.
I loved the beautiful, poetic writing. Although this is a slower paced book, I found that it was well balanced and easy to read. Margaret's life is the thread that holds the narrative together, and provides the arc. I found the style, the way that Kushan moved fluidly between past & present, a key element in my appreciation of the story.
I was also drawn in by the representation of so many different women’s lives. Margaret’s and Anna’s of course, but also Jenny & Grandmother Jackson, the Stuarts, even Emma Albani and the female photographer in Kamloops. So many hints of lives being lived that we might not always see in the historical record. It felt like this focus was inherent to this book, in its focus on material history and the more overlooked parts of our past. The thoughtful pace of the storytelling really spoke to me.
Questions for you: What was your overall impression of this book? Does it make you want to visit the Nicola Valley? How did you feel that the natural history fit into the progression of the narrative? What did you think about the conclusion?
Please share your thoughts on the book, its themes, characters, or anything you noted about it -- either in the comments here or on our first Book Talk post, or on your own blog with a link to your longer thoughts in the comments so we can find it. I love to talk about the experience of reading so feel free to comment no matter when you're reading this post; if you've read this I'd love to hear your thoughts.
What project have you made, inspired by your reading of Sisters of Grass? Share a link to your project on this post as soon as you're done! The linkup will be live until April 21 -- you have another 2 weeks of sewing time to finish and share. Don't forget that anyone who enters a project is in the draw for pattern prizes from our two sponsors, Helen's Closet & DG Patterns!
(If the linkup does not work for you please leave a comment with your project)