The World Below (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

by Sue Miller | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0345440765 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjlautnerwing of Henderson, Nevada USA on 9/25/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingjlautnerwing from Henderson, Nevada USA on Friday, September 25, 2015
Bought from the Denver Cat Company (used) on September 19, 2015.

Journal Entry 2 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Friday, September 25, 2015
Two stories, two generations apart. Catherine Hubbard leaves San Francisco after her divorce to take up life in an old house in Vermont, passed down from her grandmother, Georgia Rice. Catherine had spent many good nights in the house when young, after her mother died, and had grown attached to Georgia. Over the years the friendship deepened, although at times she regretted not asking Georgia more questions.

Georgia's story begins, essentially, when she is sent at age 18 to a tuberculosis sanitarium ("san") in the early 1900s. She meets a young man, younger and sicker than she is, and the two engage in hidden, scandalous behavior. Interestingly, such liaisons among patients was not uncommon, even in those days. When Georgia later makes references to her "modernity" to her granddaughter, Catherine doesn't follow up.

So it seemed to me that Catherine was embarking on a journey of discovery, and so she is. It isn't as hackneyed as I feared, however. I was envisioning the "rebirth" and clearing of the old Catherine to make way for the new. We've all read that book before. But it is a bit more complicated, and we find parallels between the two women page after page. The women are both intelligent and interesting, and I found the book a pleasure to read.

Journal Entry 3 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Sunday, November 01, 2015

Released 3 yrs ago (10/31/2015 UTC) at San Luis Obispo, California USA

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Sent to a fellow bookcrosser as part of a virtual bookbox trade.

Journal Entry 4 by wingDove-i-Libriwing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Arrived safe and sound! This book sounded very interesting, but I'm not sure when I'll be able to read it, as I have a huge mountain of books here to be read! I'll be sure to make a journal entry when I do read it, though!

Thank you so much for sending it along, jlautner, and thank YOU, Bookstogive, for organizing the General Literature Virtual Bookbox. Link to Forum Thread (Click Here)

Nov 14, 2017: Found that a friend has this book on their wish list, but it's been there a really long time. Hope she still wants to read it!

Nov 15, 2017: Heard back from her, and, yes, it will be on its way to Immokalee soon!

Journal Entry 5 by wingDove-i-Libriwing at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, November 16, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (11/16/2017 UTC) at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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USPS Tracking Number 9114 9014 9645 1236 0071 54

☺ Happy Traveling, Book! ☺

Journal Entry 6 by wingiwillrejoicewing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Saturday, November 18, 2017
Arrived safely today. Thanks so much!

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