Books to Read if You Love Fierce, Smart Women
Need to power through the rest of your week? The
heroines in these riveting stories win you over with their courage, strength
and refusal to give up.
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I Will Send Rain
Henry Holt and Co.
It is 1934, during the Dust Bowl years, and
things have become so desperate that the few remaining farmers of Mulehead,
Oklahoma, have pooled their money to blow dynamite into the sky, hoping to
shake out a little rain. This becomes yet another failure that the members of
the Bell family struggle to endure in Rae Meadows' lyrical, devastating novel.
While the patriarch of the Bell family, Samuel, wrestles with the voices in his
head compelling him to build an ark, Annie, his wife, and two surviving
children all take refuge in a neighboring house recently abandoned by a family
fleeing the economic despair. At the center of this bleak, tautly constructed
story is Annie, who begins having an affair with the Mulehead mayor. With
echoes of Faulkner and Steinbeck, each character chases after a meager form of
comfort and stability in this harsh, unforgiving landscape, where "every
direction was the same. Flat, colorless, known." Annie's efforts to save
herself and her family end in sadness, but her refusal to submit to
hopelessness shines through the dust and the tears.
— Domenica Ruta