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The real Minerva
Mary Sharratt
Adult Fiction SHARRATT

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Summary: Stunningly detailed, richly plotted, and emotionally engrossing, The Real Minerva is the story of three women forging their own paths in a Midwestern farming community. In 1923, as book-loving Penny enters adolescence, her mother, Barbara, pulls her out of school to send her to work. Destined to become a cleaning woman like her mother, Penny sees no escape from her bleak existence until a scandalous figure arrives in the town of Minerva, Minnesota: Cora, very pregnant, very headstrong, and very alone, has come to make a home on her grandfather's farm. Intrigued by this curious new resident, Penny sets out to work for Cora. Suspenseful and moving,The Real Minerva is a remarkable novel about the strength of women and the unexpected bonds that form between them. Mary Sharratt is the author of the much-acclaimed debut, Summit Avenue, and the forthcoming novel The Vanishing Point. A born-and-bred Minnesotan, Sharratt drew on her mother's and grandmother's stories of Minnesota farm life in the early twentieth century for The Real Minerva. She now lives in Lancashire, England.


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main characters Barbara Niebeck
Female
Age: 30
Single mother
Penny's mother.
Domestic

Penny Niebeck
Female
Age: 15
Illegitimate
Barbara's daughter; left school to help work with her mother.
Domestic

Cora Egan
Female
Estranged
Fled an abusive marriage; hiding out on her grandfather's farm.



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