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The Real Minerva

(2004)
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Minerva, Minnesota, in 1923 is the picture of Willa Cather-like gentility: the Northern Pacific Railway runs through a town center dominated by church steeples and the Hamilton Creamery and Pop Factory. But Minerva is also a small town of limited opportunity, a place where the status quo is firmly entrenched and rigidly enforced. Against this tableau of midwestern placidity and calm, three Minerva women assert their dignity and independence against all odds. The troubled relationship between young Penny and her mother, Barbara, is getting worse. Disturbed by her mother's affair with the man they clean house for, Penny answers an ad to work for Cora Egan, a Chicago society woman who has fled a bad marriage and intends to raise her child alone on her grandfather's farm. Cora's situation shocks the town, but over time her presence opens a door in Penny's and Barbara's lives. Through these women, Mary Sharratt considers what it takes to reinvent the self, to claim one's true identity. Mary Sharratt's first novel, Summit Avenue, was hailed as a "remarkablel debut... [that] weaves dark, evocative fairy tales and passionate longings into an incandescent coming-of-age story" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Readers interested in feminine archetypes and women in myth will be similarly drawn to Sharratt's newest novel. Exquisite historical detail and emotional resonance infuseThe Real Minerva,an old-fashioned story with a modern spirit.

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

September 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Real Minerva
Author(s): Mary Sharratt
ISBN: 0-618-46232-5 / 978-0-618-46232-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

January 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Real Minerva
Author(s): Mary Sharratt
ISBN: 0-618-61888-0 / 978-0-618-61888-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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January 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Real Minerva
Author(s): Mary Sharratt
Publisher: Mariner Books
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