Book: Go Away Home by Carol Bodensteinercategories: Book, WWI, WWI Homefront, Women's Fiction, Coming of Age, History, United States, Relationships, Home Life, Iowa, Spanish Influenza, Orphan Train, Historical Fiction
Carol Bodensteinerabout this book: "Go Away Home" is the story of a young woman's quest for independence and the right to decide her own future set against an early 20th Century backdrop when options for women were limited yet social change was occurring and the Great War was on the horizon.
The main character, Liddie Treadway is a farm girl who wants to get the city, get a job, explore the world – but NOT get married. This is not the path either her family or society consider respectable for a young woman. The novel explores the reality that life is not as simple, or the choices as clear-cut, as we often hope they are, and that when confronted with the conflict between dreams and reality we sometimes learn that to get what you want, you often have to give up something else you want just as much.
The seed for "Go Away Home" was planted when I learned that my grandfather died of the Spanish flu in 1918. My connection to that major world event has always been in my mind. Since I never asked my grandmother a single question about my grandfather and their lives together, the story is entirely fiction.
Readers (men as well as women) tell me they engage with Liddie's story and are caught up in the situations she faces and the choices she must make. They enjoy learning about this time in United States history - a time when women were fighting for the vote, when Kodak had just made cameras available to everyone, when the largest migration of children ever took place on Orphan Trains, when the world was engulfed in the Great War.
Midwest Book Review called "Go Away Home" "gently compelling and highly believable. They recommended it for adults and mature teens.
A Readers' Favorite reviewer called "Go Away Home" "The perfect story of coming home."
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