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- DescriptionBook 1 of the Olivia Series Historical Fiction (USA, 1840s) 2013 Quarter-Finalist ABNA 2010 Book of the Year YWO Midwest Book Reviewbr> Olivia, Mourning is historical fiction at its best ... Expect easy conclusions to Book 1: it's all about transition points and leaves the door open for further journeys with Olivia. Readers interested in historical fiction with a healthy dose of romance will find Olivia, Mourning a compelling, gripping saga that deliciously wraps what could be predictable elements in a cloak of many choices. It's all about options and consequences - and is a heartfelt story especially recommended for readers who enjoy headstrong protagonists tasked with making their own way in the world. Read the entire review at the author's blog: yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/olivias-book/midwest-book-review-olivia-mourning/ Description Olivia wants the 80 acres in far off Michigan that her father left to whichever of his offspring wants to stake a claim. As Olivia says, I'm sprung off him just as much as Avis or Tobey. The problem: she's seventeen, female, and it's 1841. Mourning Free kws how to run a farm and Olivia has complete trust in him. The problem: he's Black, the orphaned son of runaway slaves, and reluctant to travel and work with a white girl. He especially fears the slave catchers who patrol the free states, hunting fugitive slaves. Not without qualms, they set off together. All goes well, despite the drudgery of survival in an isolated log cabin. Incapable of ackwledging her feelings for Mourning, Olivia thinks her biggest problem is her unrequited romantic interest in their young, single neighbor. Then her world falls apart. Strong-willed, vulnerable, and compassionate, Olivia is a compelling protagonist on a journey to find a way to do the right thing in a world in which so much is wrong.
- Author BiographyYael Politis grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, not far from Olivia's farm. She spent years researching the backdrop for Olivia's story, enjoying the challenge of recreating daily life in another time and place. She based many of the details (including how Mourning got his name) on letters and journals passed down through her family, over seven generations of lives lived in the American Midwest. She received a great deal of insight from her sister Martha, who lived in a modern log home, hunted her own land, and was as independent and stubborn as Olivia. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Politis moved to Israel, where she lived in Jerusalem and the Katif Bloc of settlements in the Gaza Strip. She currently lives in Pardes Hanna. Since moving to Israel she has worked as an agricultural laborer, secretary, librarian, Administrative Systems Analyst, Hebrew-English translator, editor, English teacher, technical writer, and proposal writer. Politis' debut novel, The Lonely Tree, was published by Holland Park Press of London. It takes place in British Mandate Palestine and the early State of Israel (1934-1967) and tells a compelling love story against the background of historical events in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion. It won a 2009 YWO Book of the Year award and received honorable mention for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Award for general fiction.
- Author(s)Yael Politis
- Date of Publication27/11/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectHistorical & Mythological Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight467 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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