One of Boarnes and Nobles "Discover Great New Writers", Stonich's debut book is definitely worth reading. A woman recounts a life hidden from her family as she reveals her losses and loves from her youth. Great literary style and intriguing plot.
I enjoyed this book very much. It is well written, interesting, moving and has a thought-provoking take on friendship and marriage, life choices and their consequences. People looking for a book full of action and adventure won't find that here; it is a quieter study of life in Minnesota in the early to mid 20th century. The characters are a milliner; her tailor husband; an engineer and his restless wife; the miners whose livelihood is threatened by changing times; and the large lake next to the town in which they live. I highly recommend this book.
On her deathbed, Isobel - hat maker, wife, and mother - recalls the haunting and fateful summer of 1936 when her world was transformed. After her husband Victor takes their sons away for the summer to a remote island, Isobel meets Cathryn, a woman who will forever change the way she looks at life. An intimate story of friendship, a portrait of marriage, and a glimpse into the depths of loss, the events of this summer become the prism that refracts the essence of Isobel's life. This is a gorgeous debut, a true literary page-turner.