Title: The Edge of Nowhere
Author: C.H. Armstrong
Publisher: Penner Publishing
Publish Date: January 19, 2016 (Today!)
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "The year is 1992 and Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene—reviled matriarch of a sprawling family—is dying.
surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Victoria
refuses to leave this earth before revealing the secrets she’s carried
Once the child of a loving family during peaceful
times, a shocking death shattered her life. Victoria came face to face
with the harshness of the world. As the warm days of childhood receded
to distant memory, Victoria learns to survive.
No matter what it takes.
keep her family alive in an Oklahoma blighted by dust storms and
poverty, Victoria makes choices—harsh ones, desperate ones. Ones that
eventually made her into the woman her grandchildren fear and whisper
about. Ones that kept them all alive. Hers is a tale of tragedy, love,
murder, and above all, the conviction to never stop fighting."
My Two Cents:
Edge of Nowhere" is the story of Victoria, a woman who faced a lot of
tragedy in her life, which has shaped her horrid personality that we see
when we first meet her in this book. This is a look at her life in
Oklahoma just before, during, and after the years of the Dust Bowl. This
is a time period that I have not visited much in fiction, which
initially drew me to reading this book. I was pulled in by the strong
story and Victoria is just a fascinating character.
resilience are the themes of this book. Victoria is a fascinating
character because at first she is incredibly resilient but life begins
to wear on her. I liked how the author was able to show this
progression. It's not pretty but it gives such good insight into who
Victoria is and how she is equipped to deal with such things. We see how
Victoria goes from suffering the tragic loss of both of her parents to
getting married to a farmer, who she is convinced that she won't fall in
love with but she does and she builds a life together with him with the
children he had from his previous marriage and the children that they
have together. Their life together is hard but good as they face the
fall out of the Dust Bowl. Then tragedy strikes over and over again and
Victoria must make many different decisions to try to keep her family's
lives intact as much as she can.
The writing of the book is
pretty good. There were a few issues with how the book begins and ends.
The premise is that Victoria is looking back at her life and her family
hates her. She's mean and she's trying to give her family insight into
her life through telling these stories. We see how Victoria becomes less
positive about her life throughout the book but I felt like we still
saw a spark. By the time she is writing the letter, the spark is out but
we don't see what finally put it out. The ending was also sort of
abrupt and left me wanting a little more closure. That being said, the
meat of the book was great and intense and kept me wanting to read!