The Folks

To those who saw promise in Ruth Suckow s earlier novels this book will justify their confidence in her ability to write major American fiction New York Herald Tribune Books, 1934 A book that, than most others of our time, is deeply bedded in the American scene, that could only have been written by an American, and in our time Saturday Review of Literature, 1934 To those who saw promise in Ruth Suckow s earlier novels this book will justify their confidence in her ability to write major American fiction New York Herald Tribune Books, 1934 A book that, than most others of our time, is deeply bedded in the American scene, that could only have been written by an American, and in our time Saturday Review of Literature, 1934 as tangible and homely as the rich, deep black earth of Iowa In years to come, historians of culture may turn to her pages as they turn to Sinclair Lewis s for details of how men and women looked and talked and dressed and lived The Nation, 1934Here is an introspective, poignant portrait of an American family during a time of sweeping changes Now nearly sixty years after it first appeared, Suckow s finest work still displays a thorough realism in its characters actions and aspirations the uneasy compromises they are forced to make still ring true.Suckow s talent for retrospective analysis comes to life as she examines her own people Iowans, descendants of early settlers through the lives of the Ferguson family, living in the fictional small town of Belmond, Iowa Using her gift of creating three dimensional, living characters, Suckow focuses on personal differences within the family and each member s separate struggle to make sense of past and present, to confront a pervasive sense of loss as a way of life disappears.
The Folks To those who saw promise in Ruth Suckow s earlier novels this book will justify their confidence in her ability to write major American fiction New York Herald Tribune Books A book that than mo

  • Title: The Folks
  • Author: Ruth Suckow
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. A small town. Somewhere between Ohio and Nebraska. The time period moves from around 1890 to 1934, when the book was published. Our family is the Fergusons. The grandparents, parents, kids – Carl, Dorothy, Margaret and Bunny -, and, eventually, their husbands, wives and children. We spend a long time with them – over 700 pages. The family live in a large frame house, set in an ample lawn, and enjoy the relative comforts provided by Mr Ferguson's position in the local bank. The grandparents, [...]

    2. I ordered this book because I was interested in Midwestern authors and I had only recently learned of Ruth Suckow. I have enjoyed the first several chapters. Then I borrowed a book by Gene Stratton Porter and needed to read it so I could return it. The styles of the two authors, or at least the worlds they are presenting, remind me very much of each other. The Folks so far is about the tensions between the old fashioned country relatives and the next generation, who has moved into town and is ad [...]

    3. Suckow is one of the masters of telling detailed everyday stories that reveal the depth of the characters and their cultures.

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