“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.” ~George Eliot
Ok, I am a push-over for nostalgia, I’ll admit . Last week I stumbled upon a book in the library that satisfied my need to sometimes look back. Patty Jane’s House of Curl tickled me pink with its references to Dippity Do, Motorola televisions, permanent solutions, gingersnaps, jukeboxes, and Duz detergent.
The author of this book, Lorna Landvik, writes with warm humor and has crafted a book of charm without the storyline being too sappy sweet. Much of the special appeal of the tale is a result of where the narrative takes place – in Minnesota among a strong community of Norwegians.
Landvik effectively bridges the gap between an era gone by and present day by approaching issues that have always existed, but were much less talked about. The human emotions of the characters in dealing with topics presented in the book run the spectrum in a very real sense.
I really liked this book. Check it out of your local library! Pour yourself a grape Nehi, settle into your armchair, pull up a footstool and enjoy a delightful read. Have a handkerchief and the antimacassars on the arm of the chair ready to catch the tears of both laughter and sorrow; you may possibly need them. Patty Jane’s House of Curl is a fun and fulfilling read on a very humanistic level.
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