Shaken to the Core by JaeShaken to the Core by Jae

Shaken to the Core


Paperback | June 1, 2016

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Title:Shaken to the CoreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:386 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.86 inPublished:June 1, 2016Publisher:Ylva Verlag e.Kfr.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:395533662X

ISBN - 13:9783955336622

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love in the midst of disaster This is another amazing read from talented author Jae. Incredible detail for all the senses as she recreates the 1906 earthquake (and its concomitant disasters) as if she were a direct witness of all the events in the Bay Area at that time in history. She captures the classism, discrimination and other difficulties faced by immigrants, who prove to be some of the toughest and hardiest of the city’s citizens before, during, and after the earthquake hits, not to mention the most generous despite their monetary poverty in several cases. She depicts the kindness of strangers and the unkindness, the panic and fear and those who make the best of it in a beyond terrible situation. I felt like I was there following around the characters, experiencing their triumphs and hardships, prejudices and uncertainties; the characters, as expected from Jae, are lovable or not depending on how she wants you to view them and like a camera operator, her writing zooms in or pans out to affect your view of them. My favorite character is Dr Lucy Sharpe who is a take no crap doctor at a time when female physicians (or nearly any other profession) were looked down on and not taken seriously; she has some inspiring scenes fighting against mostly male prejudice that will have you cheering her on. The relationship between Kate and Giuliana is great other than the moments where Kate is clearly clueless about how their differences in social and financial standing can hurt Giuliana in more ways than one. As an unexpected bonus, Dr Lucy Sharpe’s character is related to characters in another of Jae’s wonderful stories, Backwards to Oregon, so for those looking for another great read, add it to you list as well. This is not a beach read but a more drama heavy story (richly so) so if that’s your cup of tea then this one is for you. Really anything by Jae is worth reading; I have read several of her books and her writing is solid, her storytelling engaging. I always look forward to seeing what new story she puts out next because her well of ideas seems to have no bottom to it. I highly recommend this book along with many of her others for a thoroughly satisfying read.
Date published: 2018-03-08