Stubborn Season

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

Stubborn Season

by Lauren B Davis

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | December 19, 2002 | Trade Paperback

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 neighborhood.As she grows into a young woman, Irene finds herself consumed by her mother’s increasingly erratic moods and isolated from a world where unemployment, poverty and bigotry have taken firm root in the water-starved soil of town and country. 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 Sonnerfeld, Alberta, who is fighting his own battle for dignity, hope and a place in the world.

The Stubborn Season is an utterly compelling first novel, peopled with vivid characters and set against an era that emanates magically from every page. This is a story alive with the claustrophobic darkness of a Victorian row house; the icy loneliness of life riding the rails as a “box car cowboy”; the languid feel of a steamy Sunday afternoon when respectable people closed their stores, and their lives, against intrusion; and the stench of fear in a jail cell packed with communist agitators desperate to change a broken system. It is a story that is hard to put down, intimate in its knowledge of human struggles and strengths, wonderfully written, and altogether satisfying."

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: December 19, 2002

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006391869

ISBN - 13: 9780006391869

Found in: Fiction and Literature

save 27%

  • In stock online

$13.67  ea

Online Price

$17.99 List Price

or, Used from $5.04

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Reviews

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

– More About This Product –

Stubborn Season

by Lauren B Davis

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: December 19, 2002

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006391869

ISBN - 13: 9780006391869

From the Publisher

"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 neighborhood.As she grows into a young woman, Irene finds herself consumed by her mother’s increasingly erratic moods and isolated from a world where unemployment, poverty and bigotry have taken firm root in the water-starved soil of town and country. 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 Sonnerfeld, Alberta, who is fighting his own battle for dignity, hope and a place in the world.

The Stubborn Season is an utterly compelling first novel, peopled with vivid characters and set against an era that emanates magically from every page. This is a story alive with the claustrophobic darkness of a Victorian row house; the icy loneliness of life riding the rails as a “box car cowboy”; the languid feel of a steamy Sunday afternoon when respectable people closed their stores, and their lives, against intrusion; and the stench of fear in a jail cell packed with communist agitators desperate to change a broken system. It is a story that is hard to put down, 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

Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart