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Monday, April 27, 2009

Review of: Follow Me {and Blog Tour}

Author: Joanna Scott
ISBN: 9780316051651
Pages: 432
Published by: Little, Brown and Company (April, 2009)
Genre(s): Fiction
Grade: A
Challenge(s): 100+ Reading Challenge - Read 'n Review '09 - 2009 Pub Challenge - Spring Reading Thing 2009

My thoughts are at the very bottom of this post as they contain mild spoilers. They are under the purple dots.
From the publisher: On a summer day in 1946 Sally Werner, the precocious young daughter of hardscrabble Pennsylvania farmers, secretly accepts her cousin's invitation to ride his new motorcycle. Like so much of what follows in Sally's life, it's an impulsive decision with dramatic and far-reaching consequences. Soon she abandons her home to begin a daring journey of self-creation, the truth of which she entrusts only with her granddaughter and namesake, six decades later. But when young Sally's father--a man she has never known--enters her life and offers another story altogether, she must uncover the truth of her grandmother's secret history.

Boldly rendered and beautifully told, in FOLLOW ME Joanna Scott has crafted a paean to the American tradition of re-invention and a sweeping saga of timeless and tender storytelling.
Author Info: Joanna Scott is the author of nine books, including The Manikin, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Various Antidotes and Arrogance, which were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and the critically acclaimed Make Believe, Tourmaline, and Liberation. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Award, she lives with her family in upstate New York.

I'd like to thank Miriam at Hachette Book Group for sending me this book to review. Okay, this tour is pretty big. I'm going to link to the five blogs listed before me and the five listed after me. If you'd like to see a list of all of the participants, visit this post @ Drey's Library.

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My thoughts: Follow Me had me engaged right from the start. I felt a strong connection to Sally Werner. Something I don't share to often is that I had my oldest daughter at 17. When she was still new and wrinkly I had a similar gut reaction/desire as Sally. I didn't do what Sally did. I had great support from my mother and in time I learned to adapt to being a 17 year old single mom.

However, Sally doesn't have such a support system in 1946, at age 16, when she becomes pregnant.
Sally Werner ran. Sally Werner ran to Fishkill Notch and became Sally Angel.


Beth F said...

Sounds like a great book. THanks.

bermudaonion said...

I think you're so right - Sally was overwhelmed and no one nurtured her, so she didn't know how to do it for her son. At first it bothered me that she didn't seem to be thinking about him, but then I realized she was.

Miriam said...

So glad you were drawn in by this! Great tour post! :)

Cheryl S. said...

All these great reviews make me want to read this book all the more. Thanks for sharing your thought with us.

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