In The Garden Room

In The Garden Room It is Chicago Eleven year old Lillian March looks over her mother s dead body with a sense of relief As a poor woman her mother Cora never had any real choices or happiness with her life Cora

  • Title: In The Garden Room
  • Author: Tanya Eby
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • It is Chicago 1910 Eleven year old Lillian March looks over her mother s dead body with a sense of relief As a poor woman, her mother, Cora, never had any real choices or happiness with her life Cora and Lillian flee to the bustling city of Chicago, where she is certain she will have the life of opulence she deserves Cora and Lillian face deep hardships in turn of theIt is Chicago 1910 Eleven year old Lillian March looks over her mother s dead body with a sense of relief As a poor woman, her mother, Cora, never had any real choices or happiness with her life Cora and Lillian flee to the bustling city of Chicago, where she is certain she will have the life of opulence she deserves Cora and Lillian face deep hardships in turn of the century Chicago as Cora s mind continues its downward spiral With no money and no hope for income, Cora sells Lillian to The Garden Room, a brothel, where young girls and desperate women are kept like flowers in a jar John March comes looking for his daughter and his wife in an attempt to rescue them, but even if he finds them alive, is rescue really possible IN THE GARDEN ROOM is an exploration of madness, desire and two women s choices in a time when they weren t really allowed to choose.

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    1. Read this review and more on my blog. The Book Return BlogSometimes a book gives you a surprise. A good surprise. 'In the Garden Room' was one of those books for me. I went into it, not really knowing what to expect. What Eby gave me a complex,deep, and gritty story.First off, 'In the Garden Room, is historical fiction novel. Where much historical fiction centers on the famous or infamous in history, this story centers on an average girl in harsh circumstances.This story centers on 11-year-old L [...]

    2. Gritty and emotionally wrenching historical novel set in Chicago in 1910. While her husband is away, Cora March takes her young daughter Lillian and heads from Traverse City, MI, to Chicago, where she hopes to find happiness and love but instead descends into madness. Lillian's fate is even worse, as she works first in the stockyards and then is forced into a brothel, rescued eventually by her father who has relentlessly sought the pair. It's a heartbreaking, nightmare story but moving as well. [...]

    3. The book begins in December 1910, as Lillian's father, John, rescues her after her mother, Cora, is killed. But what exactly happened? Flashback to Michigan in July 1910, where Cora, disillusioned with her life as a cleaner and wife of a fisherman, is charmed by Zeke into running away to Chicago with the promise of employment in The Garden Room. She drags along her daughter, Lillian, who she regards as undisciplined and only interested in reading the biology books her father brings home. But wil [...]

    4. It is 1910 and we meet Cora and Lillian. Cora is Lillian’s mother and married to John. John is a fisherman and Cora has issues with having to work as a servant when she feels she is entitled to the rich world. Not happy with hoe her life has turned out, Cora is sweet talked by new comer Zeke into running away with him to Chicago. But when Cora and Lillian get to Chicago it is not the wonderland Cora was lead to believe. It is dirty and rough and Lillian ends up working in a meat packing plant [...]

    5. I may be biased because I'm married to the author, but it was riveting from page one, with revelations that feel like a punch in the gut.

    6. The Garden Room is not for everyone. If you want a sweet romantic story this one is not for you. If you want a story of a loving mother with her little girl living a life of going to school, playing with friends, storybooks and a carefree childhood, not for you.Being wrenched out of an almost fairy tale life in Traverse City, MI in 1910 and moving to Chicago, IL to a neighborhood near the stockyards full of stench and death opens a world not of that making. Lillian is a child I wanted to take in [...]

    7. In the Garden Room is a dark historical story of life around the turn of the 20th century. The story mostly alternates points of view between Cora, a wife and mother, and her daughter, Lillian.Cora has never been satisfied with her life. Her husband, John, is a fisherman and she must work as a servant for her richer neighbors. Lillian lives a fairly carefree life going to school and studying to be a scientist one day. Cora is enticed into running away to Chicago by a man visiting her small town, [...]

    8. In the Garden Room is set in Chicago around 1910 and Eby has done a great job as describing that era and making the sights, and smells vivid in your imagination.It is a gritty book and you are sucked into Cora and Lillian's world. Cora as a character I hated, she was self centred and thought of nothing but herself throughout the book and what she did to her daughter Poor Lillian, she was eleven years old when Cora drags her to Chicago with not a penny to their name, where Cora hoped to reunite w [...]

    9. So very many books of historical fiction are about famous people and/or center around a specific series of events. This book, however, focuses more on the expectations and constrictive lives of women of the early 20th century as well as the role of children within the working class population. The story is beautifully rendered yet gritty and the several graphic scenes may be unbearable for some readers. It deals with child labor abuse, mental illness, addiction, narcissism, naïveté and despera [...]

    10. This was a truly great read by Tanya Eby, who is definitely a talented narrator, but this is the first book of hers that I've read. Now I'm going to have to buy the rest! This story gripped me from the first words and completely sucked me in to Lillian and Cora's world. I loved how she switched back and forth between the characters, so we could truly understand the depth of Cora's disfunction, and even begin to empathize with her perspective. It made her, if not likeable, at least more understan [...]

    11. Chilling. This book will stay with you for weeks. The characters are haunting, all wanting something forever out of reach—love, understanding, hope.Ms. Eby writes a gritty, realistic story of a broken family in 1910 Chicago. The city is a miserable secondary character, dictating the lives of its occupants.Her secondary characters are well drawn and as complex and three-dimensional as the main characters. Their hopes and needs are as desperate and deep.Lillian—what can I say about her? A youn [...]

    12. all i can say is "wow". it was so powerful and dark that reading it was like a punch in the gut. i can't recommend this highly enough. this is what "pretty baby" should have been.

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