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The Dollmaker
The Dollmaker
Author: Harriette Arnow
Strong-willed, self-reliant Gertie Nevel's peaceful life in the Kentucky hills was devastated by the brutal winds of change. Uprooted form their backwoods home, she and her family were thrust into the confusion and chaos of wartime Detroit. And in a pitiless world of unendurable poverty, Gertie would battle fiercely and relentlessly to protect t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380009473
ISBN-10: 0380009471
Publication Date: 3/1/1999
Pages: 608
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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QuilterInTexas avatar reviewed The Dollmaker on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Hard reading but well worth the effort! Make you very grateful for whatever you may have.
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Helpful Score: 2
The story itself is excellent, about the strengths ,dreams and hardships of a displaced Southern family who moved to Detroit during the war to get work in the factories
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This book is a classic. I found it depressing but very well written. It shows how far woman have come to gain equal rights in marriage. It also shows how much, in hard times, families give up to stay together.
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Helpful Score: 2
Kentucky woman follows her husband to Michigan during war times so he can work in the factory there. Still in poverty life is very tough. An excellent book, but a little depressing
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This is a book that stays with you long after you've read it. Great story but it is a pretty sad story. Would read again. Gives a different view of those who worked in northern factories, immigrants, the men who started unions and their families.
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I have loved this story since high school and I am in my 70's now. It is beautiful love story and reflective of the times in the factories during war and the sacrifices of families. Gave my copy away years ago so was thankful to find this one. I have a movie of "The Dollmaker" with Jane Fonda which is so very well done. Found it on website that makes DVDs from old VHS tapes.
jazzysmom avatar reviewed The Dollmaker on + 907 more book reviews
I loved this book. Ms. Arnow's words goes right to the bone--this is a tough story, about a woman who packs up her children and follows her husband to Detroit so he can find work in a factory. Depression has a strong hold on the country and they have nothing. Leaving the south for Detroit is heartbreaking. But her will and strong heart, her ability to keep moving forward in order to stay alive and together is unmovable. This is a read that you will think about when you eat your next meal. The power of The Dollmaker is strong when the book ends.
Patster avatar reviewed The Dollmaker on + 2 more book reviews
I did not care for this book......only read the first 100 pages and it just did not interest me enough to continue reading.

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