Friday Feature is where we share books we love that have been out for several years. We don't want these treasures to get lost just because they aren't babies anymore!
A Girl of the Limberlost
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 5th 2006 by Norilana Books
(first published 1909)
A Girl of the Limberlost (1909) by Gene Stratton Porter is the story of a poor Indiana girl Elnora Comstock who lives with her emotionally abusive mother, a stern heartless widow, at the edge of the Limberlost Swamp.
Elnora attends school against her mother's wishes, fighting every inch of the way for her dream of an education, and collects and sells moths and other rare biological specimens from the swamp to pay for her schooling, books, and bare necessities. At first a laughingstock of her fellow students, Elnora persists against unfair odds, and asserts her true self.
A wonderful turn-of-the-century novel of discovery of identity, wonders of nature, friendship, family trust, love, and the process of growing up in the magical shadow of the Limberlost.
I knew I loved this book but I'd forgotten how much I love it! The characters are so real to me and I love how they change. People aren't just good or bad, they are evolving and growing- just as we all do. I also like the way the characters interact and how relationships change as the characters do. A definite favorite!