Book: Yankee Daughters (The Grenville Trilogy Book 3) by Carolyn P. Schribercategories: Book, Family, Love and Marriage, Coming of Age, Daughters, Relationships, Fin De Siecle, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Beaver County, Women's Suffrage, Prohibition, Historical Fiction
Carolyn P. Schriberabout this book: I was raised as an only child, so I was both puzzled and fascinated by my mother's stories about growing up on a Pennsylvania farm with seven sisters. My family consisted of two parents, me, and the cat. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have a family of ten. How does a mother make every one of her eight daughters feel loved and unique? How do you cook for all those people, I wondered. How do you fit them around the table? How do you decide who gets to lick the icing bowl? I begged for stories and then struggled with what they told me about my mother's early life.
It's hard to write honestly about people you know and love. It's even harder to write about people your loved ones knew but you didn't. It has taken me a lifetime to assimilate the family legends and transform them into a novel that will speak to readers far beyond the boundaries of a single family. The eight girls in this third volume of the Grenville Trilogy are not my mother and her sisters. But they are modeled closely upon the stories I heard growing up. As i wrote, I kept a picture of the real eight girls in front of me to help bring my imaginary characters to life. I plundered their real stories to help me understand the family dynamics. And in every narrative i tried to treat their failings and foibles with respect and love. I hope readers will enjoy meeting the Yankee daughters, and perhaps find someone they, too, recognize among them.
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