Monday, June 16, 2008

Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes, 1931

This is a beautiful, charming novel well-deserving of its Pulitzer award for 1931.

Jane Ward is a young girl at the turn of the 20th century in upper class Chicago. She falls in love at the tender age of 19 with Andre, the artist, marries Stephen, the sensible provider, and later contemplates a life with Jimmy, the musician, but stays with her husband, Stephen. Jane's journey through life is a story about the path not taken. Her children, in contrast, take those paths not taken much to her surprise and disappointment. At times, the story plods a bit, but it's in step with Jane's life which she sees as dull a times, but this only further illustrating the novel's themes which were heavily influenced by the demise of the Victorian era.

If you can find this book, read it!

2 comments:

Rose City Reader said...

It sounds like the themes endured, but how was the writing style? Is the book entertaining for a modern reader?

Bybee said...

I really enjoy the reviews of the more obscure winners.