San Miguel

San Miguel

Book - 2012
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On a tiny, desolate island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters and her husband arrive on San Miguel on New Year's Day 1888 to restore her failing health. Two years later their adopted teenage daughter will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her. As the new century approaches, the ranch stands untenanted until March 1930 when Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, settles on San Miguel with her husband, Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012
ISBN: 9780670026241
Branch Call Number: BOY
Characteristics: 367 p. :,maps ;,24 cm


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Nov 18, 2012

Boyle tells this story of two families living on San Miguel, one of the Channel Islands off coast of California at Santa Barbara. They are told through the eyes of women, reluctant adventurers in this lonely place during the 1880s and the 1930s.

As he did in his book The Women, Boyle uses real lives, journals and articles to create his fictional tale. But, I had an uneasy feeling this time. Marantha, the woman from an earlier time, is dying of TB, making the first part very grim. By contrast, Elise embraces her life on this remote island, seemingly happier than could be possible. Disappointing for me

Nov 15, 2012

Interesting descriptions of these women's different experiences living on an isolated island at different time periods. I kept expecting the stories to interweave in some way, but each story was isolated as well.

Oct 07, 2012

Two separate families' experiences on an island off the coast of California, each with aspects that drew my interest. However, I felt like I wanted to hear more about each story, and the segue between the time periods was not that smooth, so the time shift was a bit rough.

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