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South of Superior

Airgood, Ellen (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A debut novel full of heart, in which love, friendship, and charity teach a young woman to live a bigger life. When Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she isn't prepared for how much her life will change. Charged with caring for an aging family friend, Madeline finds herself in the middle of beautiful nowhere with Gladys and Arbutus, two octogenarian sisters-one sharp and stubborn, the other sweeter than sunshine. As Madeline begins to experience the ways of the small, tight-knit town, she is drawn into the lives and dramas of its residents. It's a place where times are tough and debts run deep, but friendship, community, and compassion run deeper. As the story hurtles along-featuring a lost child, a dashed love, a car accident, a wedding, a fire, and a romantic reunion-Gladys, Arbutus, and the rest of the town teach Madeline more about life, love, and goodwill than she's learned in a lifetime. A heartwarming novel, South of Superior explores the deep reward in caring for others, and shows how one who is poor in pocket can be rich in so many other ways, and how little it often takes to make someone happy.
Authors: Airgood, Ellen
Title: South of superior
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011.
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: Moving to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to care for an aging family friend, Madeline Stone becomes involved in the lives of the small community and two octogenarian sisters who teach her valuable lessons about love and goodwill.
Local Note: 1 6 15 53 112 118 133 138 148 152 167 182 193 198 210 211 216 222 226 231 244 245 250 263 264 272 274
ISBN: 9781594487934
Statement of Responsibility: Ellen Airgood
Subject Headings: Michigan Fiction. Self-realization in women Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction-2011.
Topical Term: Self-realization in women
LCCN: 2011003673
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Mar 26, 2012
  • azakelj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Easy read of a quaint midwestern town. being a midwestern girl, I really enjoyed it!

Mar 09, 2012
  • rlbecker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great story. It is the best book I've read this year. It is a special tale of family, community, and forgiveness. I love the setting (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and I love the characters Airgood has created. She makes the people seem like people you have known for years. They simply are themselves and live within their past and limitations. The determination of the men and women to do their best despite heavy odds against them is remarkably laid out before the reader. I cannot believe this is a debut novel, but it is. I'll certainly look forward to the next one by her.

There were a few places in this debut novel where I had to suspend my disbelief and just soldier on. In the end, I'm glad I did; several of the characters were finely drawn and quite memorable and there are a couple of sweet relationships that are subtly and touchingly written. Any Lake Superior lovers out there should find this well worthwhile for light summer reading.

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