A Gathering of Days A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32
A Gathering of Days A New England Girl's Journal 1830-32 Author:Joan W. Blos Winner of the Newbery Medal, 1980 — The American Book Award (Children's Books), 1980 — Catherine's mother has died, following the birth of an infant son, and when her father decides to remarry, Catherine faces painful changes, not the least of them in herself. — A provocative story for our times, carved from the granite fo New England traditions, t... more »old in the form of a journal kept by Catherine Hall.
A Newbery Award winner, I found this book to be slow-paced though I enjoyed the subject matter. This is the fictional diary of a young girl growing up in New England in 1830-1832. The voice was very authentic and the research well done, but just not compelling. I started this book almost a year ago, was distracted, and never found a reason to pick it up again till now, and only because I didn't have anything I was dying to read at the moment. Still, I liked it for the portrayal of life in the period. Not sure how much I would have enjoyed it if I'd read it as a child or teen.