South Station

South Station

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Set in World War II Lowell, Massachusetts, Alice Barton's engrossing first novel portrays time and place as integral to the coming of age of Honey Lee Murphy caught in the complexities of family relationships that are strained by her religious, regional, parental and class identifications. But these identifications by no means overpower the truly magical individuality of Barton's characterizations. Barton manages to compose her characters out of themes derived from a deeply lived experience of Catholicism, the overwhelming emotional involvement of first love, memories of a much loved father who is a casualty of war and the harsh but devoted ways of a grandmother. The mounting suspense crests as Honey Lee works to resolve conflicts that are both inner and outer. Barton's delicate handling of tension is both dramatic and insightful. I was unable to put South Station down. Rosamond Rosenmeier, Lines Out (Alice James Books)I was struck by the importance-the human complexity-of the moment of history Barton chooses to focus on in her first novel, South Station. She has a surefooted fictional sense. Carefully crafted scenes and memorable characters drive the plot to a powerful climax. Fred Marchant, Tipping Point and Full Moon Boat (Greywolf Press)Barton's South Station has a qread meq plot. She creates characters complex in themselves and deftly handles their complicated relationships. Barton's assured command of setting and the rare pureness of her prose make South Station a delight. Jack Beatty, Senior Editor, Atlantic Monthly, Regular Contributor, On Point (National Public Radio) and author of The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael CurleyShe did remember two contests, called Bees: a math Bee and a grammar Bee. The students lined up on either side of the room, boys on one side, girls on the other. Sister fired questions to the first boy in the boysa#39; line and then to the first girl inanbsp;...

Title:South Station
Author: Alice Barton
Publisher:iUniverse - 2005-06

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