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Stubborn Season

by Lauren B Davis

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | April 25, 2002 | Hardcover

Stubborn Season is rated 4.7778 out of 5 by 9.
Where does one person end and the other begin? That’s the question that haunts Irene, a girl growing up in Toronto during the Great Depression. Living with her father, a pharmacist who finds comfort in the bottle, and her mother, a woman teetering on the edge of her own depression, Irene’s crumbling family situation mirrors the economic and social turmoil just beyond the front door of their respectable, working class neighbourhood. As she grows into a young woman, Irene finds herself consumed by her mother’s increasingly erratic moods and isolated in a world where unemployment, poverty and bigotry have taken firm root. Yet in the midst of lives that seem lost, Irene finds strength in the unlikely form of David, a young man from the Jewish farming community of Sonnenfeld, Alberta, who is fighting his own battle for dignity, hope and a place in the world.

The Stubborn Season is a compelling novel, peopled with vivid characters and set in an era that emanates magically from every page. The story captures the claustrophobic darkness of a Victorian row house; the icy loneliness of life riding the rails as a “box car cowboy”; the languor of a steamy afternoon in the city; and the smell of fear in a jail cell packed with Communist agitators desperate to change a broken system. It is a story intimate in its knowledge of human struggles and strengths, wonderfully written, and altogether satisfying.

Format: Hardcover

Published: April 25, 2002

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002005026

ISBN - 13: 9780002005029

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Through Canada's & Margaret's depression, hope prevails! This story was based in 30s mainly in Toronto, where Irene is growing up with a mother, Margaret, who has some form of mental illness and a father, Douglas, who becoming a heavier drinker each day. Irene struggles to breathe while living at home with her mother's condition and distance from her father, with tension between her parents. All the while, David leaves his family's farm in Saskatchewan to ensure survival of his dad and brothers. Follow these two on their life's journey, see what they can do to help each other and what hope lies for them in the future
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent Read! Loved the characters - loved the story - loved the setting. Great book which I can't highly recommend enough to all book clubs, ours loved reading and discussing The Stubborn Season.
Date published: 2009-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful ! The Stubborn Season is very well written and highly engaging. I loved both main characters, Irene and David. Their individual plot lines were very well developed, and the historical information enhanced the entire literary experience. Clearly extensive research was done, which was expertly interwoven in the story line, it informed me about many things I wasn't aware of in Canada's 1930s history. A wonderful read, which I highly recommend to others.
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best Canadian novels ever The Stubborn Season captures a time in Canadian/American history that I, and most of my friends, know little about. Not only did I find the character development absolutely captivating, what I learned from the meticulous research was enriching. The interweaving plot lines are done masterfully, I felt I was in good hands from the first chapter - kudos to Lauren B. Davis, this novel is a keeper and highly recommended to anyone who appreciates great literature!
Date published: 2008-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong character and lots of emotion I really enjoyed this book. Set in Toronto during the Depression we glimpse how various evils affect people's lives. Particularly, we follow Irene and her struggle to separate herself from her needy mother. Very vivid descriptions of how close to facism Canada came during the Dirty Thirties. A good social history of Toronto at that time. Characters are compellingly written. Torontonians, particulary, will enjoy this fine first novel from Davis. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2003-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it then read it again A wonderful story told in a beautiful lyric voice. Ms Davis takes us from one side of Canada to the other during the Great Depression. This story has many voices all of them true. The situations are by turns claustrophobic, terrifying, redemptive, funny and sad.The Stubborn Season is a book well worth the read. The kind of book you fall into and get swept away by.
Date published: 2002-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Canadian Read If you like historical novels, you should enjoy reading about Canada during the Depression, while following along the lives of characters you genuinely want to see succeed in a difficult time. Original story, refreshing read. Great to read something which takes place in my home town.
Date published: 2002-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A keeper One of the few books I have read that informs , entertains , and educates . Ms. Davis is a WORD ARTIST in a classical style of great Canadian writers such as Richler , Findley and Davidson with great understanding of family and urban struggles . It was a joy to read and I was sorry to see it end . BRAVO Ms. Davis THE STUBBORN SEASON is a keeper and will not be found at my garage sale .
Date published: 2002-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Stubborn Season I truly enjoyed the characterizations of Irene and David. As well, the insight into life in Canada during the Depression was compelling.Ms. Davis' understanding of family dynamics provides a good look into the complicated relationships between mother and daughter. I recommend this book highly!
Date published: 2002-05-24

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Stubborn Season

by Lauren B Davis

Format: Hardcover

Published: April 25, 2002

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002005026

ISBN - 13: 9780002005029

From the Jacket

Where does one person end and the other begin? That’s the question that haunts Irene, a girl growing up in Toronto during the Great Depression. Living with her father, a pharmacist who finds comfort in the bottle, and her mother, a woman teetering on the edge of her own depression, Irene’s crumbling family situation mirrors the economic and social turmoil just beyond the front door of their respectable, working class neighbourhood. As she grows into a young woman, Irene finds herself consumed by her mother’s increasingly erratic moods and isolated in a world where unemployment, poverty and bigotry have taken firm root. Yet in the midst of lives that seem lost, Irene finds strength in the unlikely form of David, a young man from the Jewish farming community of Sonnenfeld, Alberta, who is fighting his own battle for dignity, hope and a place in the world.

The Stubborn Season is a compelling novel, peopled with vivid characters and set in an era that emanates magically from every page. The story captures the claustrophobic darkness of a Victorian row house; the icy loneliness of life riding the rails as a “box car cowboy”; the languor of a steamy afternoon in the city; and the smell of fear in a jail cell packed with Communist agitators desperate to change a broken system. It is a story intimate in its knowledge of human struggles and strengths, wonderfully written, and altogether satisfying.

About the Author

Lauren B. Davis is the author of the nationally bestselling novel The Stubborn Season and a collection of short stories, Rat Medicine and Other Unlikely Curatives, which was published to enthusiastic reviews in 2000. Born in Montreal, Lauren B. Davis recently lived in France for 10 years. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Visit her website at http://www.laurenbdavis.com

Editorial Reviews

"a skillful weaving of emotion and event...poignant and well-crafted....[The Stubborn Season is] an epiphanic hourglass for the harsh dust that trickled through one of the worst of times." --The Globe and Mail

The Stubborn Season has the sting of authenticity. The writing is sharp as glass, the sorrow felt and the release on end, redemptive.”
--Barry Callaghan, author of Barrelhouse Kings and A Kiss is Still a Kiss

"Put this book on your literary map and circle it in gold, for here lies buried treasure.”
--Timothy Findley on Rat Medicine and Other Unlikely Curatives
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