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Boyle tells this story of two families living on San Miguel, one of the Channel Islands off coast of California at Santa Barbara. They are told through the eyes of women, reluctant adventurers in this lonely place during the 1880s and the 1930s. As he did in his book The Women, Boyle uses real lives, journals and articles to create his fictional tale. But, I had an uneasy feeling this time. Marantha, the woman from an earlier time, is dying of TB, making the first part very grim. By contrast, Elise embraces her life on this remote island, seemingly happier than could be possible. Disappointing for me
posted Nov 18, 2012 at 2:14PM
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Came to San Miguel to restore her failing health; her husband, a stubborn Civil War veteran, takes over the sheep ranch on the island; struggles to live in such brutal isolation; her adopted teenage daughter is determined to escape her father's captivity;.
Moves from New York City to San Miguel with her husband, a World War I Veteran; finds fulfillment with island life; raising two daughters;.