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The Quickening

(2010)
A novel by

 
 
Enidina Current and Mary Morrow live on neighboring farms in the flat, hard country of the upper Midwest during the early 1900s. This hardscrabble life comes easily to some, like Eddie, who has never wanted more than the land she works and the animals she raises on it with her husband, Frank. But for the deeply religious Mary, farming is an awkward living and at odds with her more cosmopolitan inclinations. Still, Mary creates a clean and orderly home life for her stormy husband, Jack, and her sons, while she adapts to the isolation of a rural town through the inspiration of a local preacher. She is the first to befriend Eddie in a relationship that will prove as rugged as the ground they walk on. Despite having little in common, Eddie and Mary need one another for survival and companionship. But as the Great Depression threatens, the delicate balance of their reliance on one another tips, pitting neighbor against neighbor, exposing the dark secrets they hide from one another, and triggering a series of disquieting events that threaten to unravel not only their friendship but their families as well.

In this luminous and unforgettable debut, Michelle Hoover explores the polarization of the human soul in times of hardship and the instinctual drive for self-preservation by whatever means necessary. The Quickening stands as a novel of lyrical precision and historical consequence, reflecting the resilience and sacrifices required even now in our modern troubled times.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Michelle Hoover's fine debut novel recreates for us a way of life and a set of personalities that have vanished from our current scene, and she does so with a solidity of detail that will impress these people and these places forever on your memory." - Charles Baxter

"A fully realized, sensually vivid, psychologically intelligent novel that is hard to believe is a debut, but it is a sparkling one." - Margot Livesey


Used availability for Michelle Hoover's The Quickening

Paperback Editions

June 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Quickening: A Novel
Author(s): Michelle Hoover
ISBN: 1-59051-346-0 / 978-1-59051-346-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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Audio Editions

June 2010 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Quickening
Author(s): Michelle Hoover
ISBN: 1-4417-6271-X / 978-1-4417-6271-9 (USA edition)
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June 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Quickening
Author(s): Michelle Hoover
ISBN: 1-4417-6273-6 / 978-1-4417-6273-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Quickening
Author(s): Michelle Hoover
ISBN: 1-4417-6272-8 / 978-1-4417-6272-6 (USA edition)
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June 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Quickening
Author(s): Michelle Hoover
ISBN: 1-4417-6274-4 / 978-1-4417-6274-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2010 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Quickening
Author(s): Michelle Hoover
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Quickening
Author(s): Michelle Hoover
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Quickening
Author(s): Michelle Hoover
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Quickening: A Novel
Author(s): Michelle Hoover
Publisher: Other Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU