I had a hard time with this book about coming-of-age in a rural Ontario town. Although the story was mostly linear, I had a hard time with the timeline in the first half of the book. However, I began to see how the story was about Del's life in relation to other women in the story and how it was different from the experience of men as the story progressed. I'm glad to have been reading this book while I was on a trip to Canada, and to have read a work by a Nobel laureate from the list of 1001 books you must read before you die.
"Alice munro has put the sexually awakening female under glass as Salinger once did the male ... womderful!" -- Cosmopolitan
This is the intensely readable story of Del Jordan grappling with life's problems as she moves from the carelessness of childhood through uneasy adolescence in search of love and sexual experience. Del is sexy, toughing and very funny -- and she is about to become a woman.
Perhaps I didn't give this book enough of a chance, but I found that I just didn't like what I had been reading until I finally felt it was time to throw in the towel. I have enjoyed many of her other publications and this one just did not seem to be one of my favorites. I do have to say that despite the fact that this particular book did not hold my interest, Alice Munro is still a very talented author. Additionally, my opinion of this particular book will not deter me from reading another one of her publications in the future.