The Resource Rebellion : a novel, Molly Patterson

Rebellion : a novel, Molly Patterson

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Rebellion : a novel
Title
Rebellion
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a novel
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Molly Patterson
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eng
Summary
When 84-year-old Hazel goes into a nursing home in 1999, her children arrive to close up her farmhouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, and find relics of a past they can't fully understand. Told in alternating chapters, the stories of Hazel, Addie, Louisa and Juanlan move from rural Illinois to the far reaches of China and span more than a century. Their secrets, adventures, and rebellions drive them forward as they fight against expectation and follow their passions
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  • Patterson’s remarkable debut follows four women from three generations and in two different parts of the world. Sisters Addie and Louisa grow up on a farm in Illinois. Louisa stays, but Addie marries and leaves with her husband to take up missionary work in China. Later she disappears, perhaps a victim of the anti-Christian uprising known as the Boxer Rebellion. Decades later, Hazel, one of Louisa’s daughters, is left with two young children and a farm to manage when her husband dies, and she finds solace in an affair with a married neighbor. In 1998, in fast-changing China, Juanlan has completed her university studies and returns home to the isolated town of Heng’an, where her family owns a small hotel. There seem to be several different novels here; Juanlan’s story, in particular, is tied to the others by very slender threads. The title might lead the reader to expect large events, but, though some history lurks in the background, this is a book about the quiet unfolding of lives and the kind of rebellion that comes from following one’s heart. -- Quinn, Mary Ellen (Reviewed 7/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 21, p23)
  • Three strong women and their acts of rebellion in disparate circumstances are intriguingly connected in this vividly rendered, impressive debut. Addie, an American missionary in China in the latter part of the 19th century, leaves her husband and children and the confines of a restrictive enclave to venture into the more remote parts of the country with a widowed missionary with whom she has become enamored. Addie’s niece, Hazel, whom we first meet as a feisty senior in 1999, driving the car that her adult children took the keys from, has had a tough life since she became the widowed mother of two children in the 1950s. She asserts her independence by maintaining ownership of her farm and unexpectedly develops an illicit relationship with her neighbor’s husband, while maintaining a connection to the man’s wife. Juanlan, a 1998 college graduate with no job prospects, returns to the small Chinese town where she was born to help with the family-owned hotel. She ends up having an affair with a married, politically connected older man whom her brother introduces her to with the hope that he will give their parents official permission to open up their hotel to foreigners. We see each woman interacting with family and friends, navigating the diverse challenges she faces, achieving a hard-won sense of self worth. Most remarkable is the subtle way Patterson ties all three lives together. Agent: Ellen Levine and Alexa Stark, Trident Media Group. (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 06/19/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 25, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Four women and the paths they take at crucial times in their lives are explored in this intergenerational novel that covers two continents. Addie, a young, idealistic missionary in China, embarks on a dramatic turn from taking care of her husband and children and accompanies Poppy to a mission hundreds of miles away. On an Illinois farm, Hazel prematurely loses her husband and carries on an affair with her best friend's husband. Louisa, Addie's sister, is very concerned when she reads about the Boxer Rebellion in China and the murder of Christians. Juanlan, in present-day China, conducts an affair with a high-ranking government official while deciding what to do after college. In precise, detailed language we experience the beginning of a life; the slow defeat that cancer brings; a sudden, tragic death; and the awakening of the soul in these flesh-and-bone characters. VERDICT The Pushcart Prize-winning Patterson has written quite a debut, truly a page-turner that shows her knowledge of life in China. She's a natural storyteller with empathy for the plight of women, and book groups will have much to discuss with this sweeping, far-flung novel. [See Prepub Alert, 2/20/17.]—Lisa Rohrbaugh, Leetonia Community P.L., OH --Lisa Rohrbaugh (Reviewed 04/15/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 07, p77)
  • /* Starred Review */ Patterson's debut novel sprawls across decades and continents, from the American heartland to the far reaches of China, to follow the lives of four women—some related more closely than others—who remake themselves as circumstances allow or require.When 84-year-old Hazel goes into a nursing home in 1999, her children arrive to close up her farmhouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, and find relics of a past they can't fully understand. Abruptly the story shifts to Illinois in the 1890s, as Hazel's mother, Louisa, who has moved from Ohio to farm with her husband, receives letters from her sister Addie, who's living what seems to Louisa an exotic life in China with her missionary husband, Owen, and two sons. Another abrupt shift takes readers to 1998 China as recent college graduate Juanlan reluctantly returns to her provincial hometown to help her parents run their small hotel. While Louisa settles into a mostly contented life, the stories of Hazel, her aunt Addie, and Juanlan, whose physical connection to the others is slim at best, follow a similar thematic arc. Each recognizes that she may have more than one identity, each shrugs off passivity to take control of her life, and each is influenced by a deep relationship with another woman as she falls into an unexpected love affair. Respected widow Hazel carries on a long, secret love affair with her best friend's husband; dutiful daughter Juanlan forges a bond with her rebellious, pregnant sister-in-law while finding herself attracted to several different men; and most dramatically, Addie abandons her family to travel across China beside a woman missionary with whom she's fallen in love. Despite minor quibbles—at times Patterson gets stuck in the weeds of daily minutiae, and outlier Louisa, satisfied in her quiet life, remains undeveloped—Hazel's, Juanlan's, and Addie's stories could each stand alone as an involving novel. A talent to watch, Patterson manages to travel broad swaths of history and geography while creating intimate moments with a refreshing lack of sentimentality; and the novel's sense of adventure makes it addictive reading.(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2017)
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10567199
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Patterson, Molly
Dewey number
813/.6
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no index present
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fiction
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  • Widows
  • Americans
  • Sisters
  • Women
  • FICTION / Family Life
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Literary
  • China
  • Edwardsville (Ill.)
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Rebellion : a novel, Molly Patterson
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1827949
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
548 pages
Isbn
9780062574046
Lccn
bl2017027189
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780062574046
  • (OCoLC)995847091
Label
Rebellion : a novel, Molly Patterson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1827949
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
548 pages
Isbn
9780062574046
Lccn
bl2017027189
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062574046
  • (OCoLC)995847091

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