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Jane Hamilton Message Board 1/1/2012
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Author Hamilton's Book Reviews

A Map of the World
A Map of the World follows Alice Goodwin and her family as they struggle through the difficulties of living on the fringe of a small town, managing the last dairy farm in the midst of factories and automation, and fighting to restore Alice's name and freedom after she is accused of sexually assaulting the children in the local elementary school where she is a nurse. Alice Goodwin is the mother of two girls. She is also a dairy farmer's wife, and the sch...
Seventeen year old Henry finds out his mother is having an affair. He fears what will happen when other family members find out. His father, a history teacher, seems not to know. His thirteen year old sister's fierce interest in Civil War enactments leaves her too distracted to see anything. Henry meets and detests the lover, Richard, a musician and violin maker....
The Book of Ruth
This is a wonderful book that portrays an ordinary small town women who has little self worth; due to her enviroment, and her mother's abrupt manner. Ruth grows up in a small mid western town, Honey Creek. She has a mother who can not let go of the past, and all the hate and resentment she has stored, a father who skips out on the family, a brother who is a genius, a slut for a best friend, and a mentally ill husband. Ruth works as a spotter in...