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The Real Minerva [Reading] ➷ The Real Minerva Author Mary Sharratt – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Minerva, Minnesota, in is the picture of Willa Cather like gentility the Northern Pacific Railway runs through a town center dominated by church steeples and the Hamilton Creamery and Pop Factory But Minerva, Minnesota, inis the picture of Willa Cather like gentility the Northern Pacific Railway runs through a town center dominated by church steeples and the Hamilton Creamery and Pop Factory But Minerva The Real ePUB ´ is also a small town of limited opportunity, a place where the status quo is firmly entrenched and rigidly enforced Against this tableau of midwestern placidity and calm, three Minerva women assert their dignity and independence against all odds The troubled relationship between young Penny and her mother, Barbara, is getting worse Disturbed by her mother s affair with the man they clean house for, Penny answers an ad to work for Cora Egan, a Chicago society woman who has fled a bad marriage and intends to raise her child alone on her grandfather s farm Cora s situation shocks the town, but over time her presence opens a door in Penny s and Barbara s lives Through these women, Mary Sharratt considers what it takes to reinvent the self, to claim one s true identity Mary Sharratt s first novel, Summit Avenue, was hailed as a remarkablel debut that weaves dark, evocative fairy tales and passionate longings into an incandescent coming of age story Publishers Weekly, starred review Readers interested in feminine archetypes and women in myth will be similarly drawn to Sharratt s newest novel Exquisite historical detail and emotional resonance infuseThe Real Minerva,an old fashioned story with a modern spirit.

    The Real Minerva Kindle ☆ The Real ePUB ´ answers an ad to work for Cora Egan, a Chicago society woman who has fled a bad marriage and intends to raise her child alone on her grandfather s farm Cora s situation shocks the town, but over time her presence opens a door in Penny s and Barbara s lives Through these women, Mary Sharratt considers what it takes to reinvent the self, to claim one s true identity Mary Sharratt s first novel, Summit Avenue, was hailed as a remarkablel debut that weaves dark, evocative fairy tales and passionate longings into an incandescent coming of age story Publishers Weekly, starred review Readers interested in feminine archetypes and women in myth will be similarly drawn to Sharratt s newest novel Exquisite historical detail and emotional resonance infuseThe Real Minerva,an old fashioned story with a modern spirit."/>
  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • The Real Minerva
  • Mary Sharratt
  • English
  • 14 January 2017
  • 0618618880

About the Author: Mary Sharratt

Mary Sharratt is an American writer who lives with her Belgian husband in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, the setting for her acclaimed novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL, which The Real ePUB ´ recasts the Pendle Witches of in their historical context as cunning folk and healers Previously she lived for twelve years in Germany This, along with her interest in sacred music and herbal medicine, inspired her to write her most recent novel, ILLUMINATIONS A NOVEL OF HILDEGARD VON BINGEN, which explores the dramatic life of the th century Benedictine abbess, composer, polymath, and powerfrau Winner of the WILLA Literary Award and a Minnesota Book Award Finalist, Mary has also written the acclaimed novels SUMMIT AVENUE Coffee House , THE REAL MINERVA Houghton Mifflin , THE VANISHING POINT Houghton Mifflin , and co edited the subversive fiction anthology BITCH LIT Crocus Books , which celebrates female anti heroes strong women who break all the rules Her short fiction has been published in TWIN CITIES NOIR Akashic Books Mary writes regular articles for Historical Novels Review and Solander on the theme of writing women back into history When she isn t writing, she s usually riding her spirited Welsh mare through the Lancashire countryside.



10 thoughts on “The Real Minerva

  1. Mmars Mmars says:

    2.5 rounded up to 3While reading this book, I questioned much of the plausibility and some of the history, in particular that of the Mexican work crew Having grown up in the 50s and 60s fairly close to where this book seems to be placed, I did not remember hearing of Mexican work crews in the 20s Also, to my knowledge there was only one Dutch family anywhere near where I lived, the Dutch having settled further west and south But it is never wise to trust one s memory of history A quick searc 2.5 rounded up to 3While reading this book, I questioned much of the plausibility and some of the history, in particular that of the Mexican work crew Having grown up in the 50s and 60s fairly close to where this book seems to be placed, I did not remember hearing of Mexican work crews in the 20s Also, to my knowledge there was only one Dutch family anywhere near where I lived, the Dutch having settled further west and south But it is never wise to trust one s memory of history A quick search on the Web revealed that such crews were plentiful in the United States in the 20s, including northwest Minnesota s beet fields also not near where the story took place That said, it is quite possible there would have been crews that helped with wheat harvesting in south central Minnesota But in the 30s as jobs became scarce for white Americans, Mexicans both legal and illegal were deported by the thousands Thus as farming becamemechanized the need for migrant crews was replaced by mechanized farming And over time migrants returned to the beet fields but only appeared in towns with canning factories, filling the vacancies made by students returning to school in the fall Their stay was brief and they lived in barracks or shacks near the factories For perhaps a month, some of the children attended the local schools in which no one spoke Spanish WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD.Least plausible for me, however, was the role of murders by women in the book Not only by the characters, but by the notorious woman mentioned who killed her children I know this was a story based on women, but why no mention of the men No murderers And why were the Nelsons able to continue to terrorize the town while the women were locked up So many murders by women in a town of 3,000 which in the 20s would have been quite a bit larger than most of the towns around Even in the 50s and 60s most of the towns in south central Minnesota were under 2,000 I was also disturbed with how catty all the women were, and how noble most of the men were With the exception of Mr H The doctor and the shopkeeper were kinder than any of the town women to the unfortunate I didn t buy it There was just plain a lot I didn t buy about the book in plot and story I also felt the reconciliation between mother and daughter was too smooth Also, the final chapter jumping ahead missed much that would have led to that For example, how did Bess and her mother survive the Depression years in California How did Bess track down Cora Bess would have been 28 and traveling on her own, speaking little Spanish.On the positive side, the female characters were well drawn, the story kept my interest and moved quickly, and the sense of place was good I wouldn t hesitate to read of Mary Sharratt s books

  2. Becca Becca says:

    I chose this because one of my Etsy friend s name is Minerva and she s awesome So it s set in the 1920s for most of the story But little is said or done that couldn t have made it set today, which is a little sad I ll explain in a minute It takes place in Minerva Minnesota and tells the story of a mother and daughter, a mother and daughter, and mother and daughter Barbara and Penny, Cora and Phoebe, and to a lesser but no less tragic degree, Hazel and Irene Barbara and Penny live with Ire I chose this because one of my Etsy friend s name is Minerva and she s awesome So it s set in the 1920s for most of the story But little is said or done that couldn t have made it set today, which is a little sad I ll explain in a minute It takes place in Minerva Minnesota and tells the story of a mother and daughter, a mother and daughter, and mother and daughter Barbara and Penny, Cora and Phoebe, and to a lesser but no less tragic degree, Hazel and Irene Barbara and Penny live with Irene and her family as hired help.Cora is staying at her grandfather s farm on the edge of town Hazel is locked away in a mental institution, suffering from a malady that doesn t allow her to fully wake up or fully sleep Their paths further intersect when Penny runs away from her mother, angry that she, Barbara, and Irene s father, their employer, are having an affair She ends up 21 miles away, at the Maagdenbergh farm just after Cora has given birth to her baby girl Penny stays on as a hired hand, helping Cora care for the baby and the house She vows in her heart to protect them as she learns, first secretly and thenopenly, of Cora s past On the other side of town, Barbara s story continues with her falling in love with Mr Hamilton and Irene seeing that as the ultimate affront to her sick mother memory so she well, I won t give away the ending.The part that saddens me is the way the town looks down on Barbara and Cora is pretty much the same as it would be now, only people may be less vocal about it Progress, where art thou I m sure someone could give this apolitical literary analysis I chose to take it as it is, not looking for hidden meanings or inferences It s beautiful and a little haunting I enjoyed it

  3. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    This book was an interesting historical fiction read, but I think the best part about it was that the characters created by Mary Sharratt were so complex and generally likeable despite their flaws I was really attached to them by the end

  4. Jackie Jackie says:

    This is a novel about the complicated bonds that can develop between women especially mothers and daughters The story is primarily told from 15 year old Penny s point of view Set in a small town in Minnesota in 1920 s, Penny lives and works with her mother in the household of a wealthy business man with an ailing wife and three daughters After an argument, Penny goes to work for Cora Egan, a mysterious woman on her own miles from town who dresses like a man and has an infant daughter to tak This is a novel about the complicated bonds that can develop between women especially mothers and daughters The story is primarily told from 15 year old Penny s point of view Set in a small town in Minnesota in 1920 s, Penny lives and works with her mother in the household of a wealthy business man with an ailing wife and three daughters After an argument, Penny goes to work for Cora Egan, a mysterious woman on her own miles from town who dresses like a man and has an infant daughter to take care of on her own Penny s relationship with her mother, Cora and Cora s baby as well as the town members merge together into two explosive confrontations which leave Penny forever changed This is a solid read especially if you like novels about strong women and early twentieth century northwestern America

  5. Kristen Kristen says:

    This is the story of three strong women in 1923 small town Minerva, Minnesota.I loved it.

  6. Wendopolis Wendopolis says:

    Absorbing read about three women and the choices they make.

  7. Gaile Gaile says:

    it is 1923 In Minerva, Minn, the owner if the factory, Mr Hamilton has had to put his wife away She contacted sleeping sickness Thereafter he begins an affair with his live in hired woman, Barbara Niebeck Her daughter, Penny suspected and after a flight, Penny flees and finds herself twenty three miles of town where Cora Viney has tried to have her baby by herself Penny stays on to help Cora while back on the Hamilton place her mother continues her affair with her boss Mr Hamilton s olde it is 1923 In Minerva, Minn, the owner if the factory, Mr Hamilton has had to put his wife away She contacted sleeping sickness Thereafter he begins an affair with his live in hired woman, Barbara Niebeck Her daughter, Penny suspected and after a flight, Penny flees and finds herself twenty three miles of town where Cora Viney has tried to have her baby by herself Penny stays on to help Cora while back on the Hamilton place her mother continues her affair with her boss Mr Hamilton s oldest daughter Irene once back from camp begins to suspect and spy Although her mother is in a hospital, she is still alive and Irene views all this as a betray of her mother.Cora Viney is trying to hide from an abusive husband never dreaming he has hired a private detective to find her With this setting in place and two young unsettled girls involved, events unfold in this small town in rural Minnesota which will soon scandalize the town and settle the fates of both Irene and Penny.Read on to find out Personally when I set out to read this, I was not sure if I would like it but Mary Sharratt never disappoints, not even in her earlier novels of which this is one It is a story that will stay with you for a long time

  8. Beth Beth says:

    Not quite as compelling as Summit Avenue, this book was still beautifully written Sharrat is a master of characterization and getting historical details right The plot parallels that of Summit Avenue, with its exploration of women trying to break away from limited gender roles, living on their own in defiance of society s expectations, etc This book has a slightly darker viewpoint than her earlier novelviolence,focus on women s vulnerabilities in a society that forces them to be Not quite as compelling as Summit Avenue, this book was still beautifully written Sharrat is a master of characterization and getting historical details right The plot parallels that of Summit Avenue, with its exploration of women trying to break away from limited gender roles, living on their own in defiance of society s expectations, etc This book has a slightly darker viewpoint than her earlier novelviolence,focus on women s vulnerabilities in a society that forces them to be dependent on men Still, the major female characters inner strength wins out in the end, so the message is still hopeful and inspiring Not that Sharrat, I think, tries for a specific moral she s too good of a writer for that but her stories do carry the weight of a complex ethical perspective and a concern for human moral values and how they might hold up against forces like poverty and prejudice

  9. Bookworm Ava Bookworm Ava says:

    One of the most enjoyable books I have read this year but then so far everything I have read by this author has been great Fabulous storyline

  10. Beth Beth says:

    THE REAL MINERVA is powerful and beautifully written novel Barbara, Cora, Penelope three women s lives that SHARRATT intertwines in a beautifully choreographed tale These strong, singular women s stories are about struggling surviving, living and loving fiercely and without compromise The roles and societal structure that defined small town life in the 1930s shape the destinies of Barbara, Cora, and Penelope Each has a secret to keep Each must find a way to escape and reestablish their liv THE REAL MINERVA is powerful and beautifully written novel Barbara, Cora, Penelope three women s lives that SHARRATT intertwines in a beautifully choreographed tale These strong, singular women s stories are about struggling surviving, living and loving fiercely and without compromise The roles and societal structure that defined small town life in the 1930s shape the destinies of Barbara, Cora, and Penelope Each has a secret to keep Each must find a way to escape and reestablish their lives THE REAL MINERVA is historical fiction as well as feminist literature at its best SHARRATT is a masterful author I have very much enjoyed her novels that I ve read so far ILLUMINATIONS, THE VANISHING POINT, THE DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL and, of course, THE REAL MINERVA I look forward to reading her first novel, SUMMIT AVENUE, as well as her upcoming novel, THE DARK LADY s MASK

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10 thoughts on “The Real Minerva

  1. Mmars Mmars says:

    2.5 rounded up to 3While reading this book, I questioned much of the plausibility and some of the history, in particular that of the Mexican work crew Having grown up in the 50s and 60s fairly close to where this book seems to be placed, I did not remember hearing of Mexican work crews in the 20s Also, to my knowledge there was only one Dutch family anywhere near where I lived, the Dutch having settled further west and south But it is never wise to trust one s memory of history A quick searc 2.5 rounded up to 3While reading this book, I questioned much of the plausibility and some of the history, in particular that of the Mexican work crew Having grown up in the 50s and 60s fairly close to where this book seems to be placed, I did not remember hearing of Mexican work crews in the 20s Also, to my knowledge there was only one Dutch family anywhere near where I lived, the Dutch having settled further west and south But it is never wise to trust one s memory of history A quick search on the Web revealed that such crews were plentiful in the United States in the 20s, including northwest Minnesota s beet fields also not near where the story took place That said, it is quite possible there would have been crews that helped with wheat harvesting in south central Minnesota But in the 30s as jobs became scarce for white Americans, Mexicans both legal and illegal were deported by the thousands Thus as farming becamemechanized the need for migrant crews was replaced by mechanized farming And over time migrants returned to the beet fields but only appeared in towns with canning factories, filling the vacancies made by students returning to school in the fall Their stay was brief and they lived in barracks or shacks near the factories For perhaps a month, some of the children attended the local schools in which no one spoke Spanish WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD.Least plausible for me, however, was the role of murders by women in the book Not only by the characters, but by the notorious woman mentioned who killed her children I know this was a story based on women, but why no mention of the men No murderers And why were the Nelsons able to continue to terrorize the town while the women were locked up So many murders by women in a town of 3,000 which in the 20s would have been quite a bit larger than most of the towns around Even in the 50s and 60s most of the towns in south central Minnesota were under 2,000 I was also disturbed with how catty all the women were, and how noble most of the men were With the exception of Mr H The doctor and the shopkeeper were kinder than any of the town women to the unfortunate I didn t buy it There was just plain a lot I didn t buy about the book in plot and story I also felt the reconciliation between mother and daughter was too smooth Also, the final chapter jumping ahead missed much that would have led to that For example, how did Bess and her mother survive the Depression years in California How did Bess track down Cora Bess would have been 28 and traveling on her own, speaking little Spanish.On the positive side, the female characters were well drawn, the story kept my interest and moved quickly, and the sense of place was good I wouldn t hesitate to read of Mary Sharratt s books

  2. Becca Becca says:

    I chose this because one of my Etsy friend s name is Minerva and she s awesome So it s set in the 1920s for most of the story But little is said or done that couldn t have made it set today, which is a little sad I ll explain in a minute It takes place in Minerva Minnesota and tells the story of a mother and daughter, a mother and daughter, and mother and daughter Barbara and Penny, Cora and Phoebe, and to a lesser but no less tragic degree, Hazel and Irene Barbara and Penny live with Ire I chose this because one of my Etsy friend s name is Minerva and she s awesome So it s set in the 1920s for most of the story But little is said or done that couldn t have made it set today, which is a little sad I ll explain in a minute It takes place in Minerva Minnesota and tells the story of a mother and daughter, a mother and daughter, and mother and daughter Barbara and Penny, Cora and Phoebe, and to a lesser but no less tragic degree, Hazel and Irene Barbara and Penny live with Irene and her family as hired help.Cora is staying at her grandfather s farm on the edge of town Hazel is locked away in a mental institution, suffering from a malady that doesn t allow her to fully wake up or fully sleep Their paths further intersect when Penny runs away from her mother, angry that she, Barbara, and Irene s father, their employer, are having an affair She ends up 21 miles away, at the Maagdenbergh farm just after Cora has given birth to her baby girl Penny stays on as a hired hand, helping Cora care for the baby and the house She vows in her heart to protect them as she learns, first secretly and thenopenly, of Cora s past On the other side of town, Barbara s story continues with her falling in love with Mr Hamilton and Irene seeing that as the ultimate affront to her sick mother memory so she well, I won t give away the ending.The part that saddens me is the way the town looks down on Barbara and Cora is pretty much the same as it would be now, only people may be less vocal about it Progress, where art thou I m sure someone could give this apolitical literary analysis I chose to take it as it is, not looking for hidden meanings or inferences It s beautiful and a little haunting I enjoyed it

  3. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    This book was an interesting historical fiction read, but I think the best part about it was that the characters created by Mary Sharratt were so complex and generally likeable despite their flaws I was really attached to them by the end

  4. Jackie Jackie says:

    This is a novel about the complicated bonds that can develop between women especially mothers and daughters The story is primarily told from 15 year old Penny s point of view Set in a small town in Minnesota in 1920 s, Penny lives and works with her mother in the household of a wealthy business man with an ailing wife and three daughters After an argument, Penny goes to work for Cora Egan, a mysterious woman on her own miles from town who dresses like a man and has an infant daughter to tak This is a novel about the complicated bonds that can develop between women especially mothers and daughters The story is primarily told from 15 year old Penny s point of view Set in a small town in Minnesota in 1920 s, Penny lives and works with her mother in the household of a wealthy business man with an ailing wife and three daughters After an argument, Penny goes to work for Cora Egan, a mysterious woman on her own miles from town who dresses like a man and has an infant daughter to take care of on her own Penny s relationship with her mother, Cora and Cora s baby as well as the town members merge together into two explosive confrontations which leave Penny forever changed This is a solid read especially if you like novels about strong women and early twentieth century northwestern America

  5. Kristen Kristen says:

    This is the story of three strong women in 1923 small town Minerva, Minnesota.I loved it.

  6. Wendopolis Wendopolis says:

    Absorbing read about three women and the choices they make.

  7. Gaile Gaile says:

    it is 1923 In Minerva, Minn, the owner if the factory, Mr Hamilton has had to put his wife away She contacted sleeping sickness Thereafter he begins an affair with his live in hired woman, Barbara Niebeck Her daughter, Penny suspected and after a flight, Penny flees and finds herself twenty three miles of town where Cora Viney has tried to have her baby by herself Penny stays on to help Cora while back on the Hamilton place her mother continues her affair with her boss Mr Hamilton s olde it is 1923 In Minerva, Minn, the owner if the factory, Mr Hamilton has had to put his wife away She contacted sleeping sickness Thereafter he begins an affair with his live in hired woman, Barbara Niebeck Her daughter, Penny suspected and after a flight, Penny flees and finds herself twenty three miles of town where Cora Viney has tried to have her baby by herself Penny stays on to help Cora while back on the Hamilton place her mother continues her affair with her boss Mr Hamilton s oldest daughter Irene once back from camp begins to suspect and spy Although her mother is in a hospital, she is still alive and Irene views all this as a betray of her mother.Cora Viney is trying to hide from an abusive husband never dreaming he has hired a private detective to find her With this setting in place and two young unsettled girls involved, events unfold in this small town in rural Minnesota which will soon scandalize the town and settle the fates of both Irene and Penny.Read on to find out Personally when I set out to read this, I was not sure if I would like it but Mary Sharratt never disappoints, not even in her earlier novels of which this is one It is a story that will stay with you for a long time

  8. Beth Beth says:

    Not quite as compelling as Summit Avenue, this book was still beautifully written Sharrat is a master of characterization and getting historical details right The plot parallels that of Summit Avenue, with its exploration of women trying to break away from limited gender roles, living on their own in defiance of society s expectations, etc This book has a slightly darker viewpoint than her earlier novelviolence,focus on women s vulnerabilities in a society that forces them to be Not quite as compelling as Summit Avenue, this book was still beautifully written Sharrat is a master of characterization and getting historical details right The plot parallels that of Summit Avenue, with its exploration of women trying to break away from limited gender roles, living on their own in defiance of society s expectations, etc This book has a slightly darker viewpoint than her earlier novelviolence,focus on women s vulnerabilities in a society that forces them to be dependent on men Still, the major female characters inner strength wins out in the end, so the message is still hopeful and inspiring Not that Sharrat, I think, tries for a specific moral she s too good of a writer for that but her stories do carry the weight of a complex ethical perspective and a concern for human moral values and how they might hold up against forces like poverty and prejudice

  9. Bookworm Ava Bookworm Ava says:

    One of the most enjoyable books I have read this year but then so far everything I have read by this author has been great Fabulous storyline

  10. Beth Beth says:

    THE REAL MINERVA is powerful and beautifully written novel Barbara, Cora, Penelope three women s lives that SHARRATT intertwines in a beautifully choreographed tale These strong, singular women s stories are about struggling surviving, living and loving fiercely and without compromise The roles and societal structure that defined small town life in the 1930s shape the destinies of Barbara, Cora, and Penelope Each has a secret to keep Each must find a way to escape and reestablish their liv THE REAL MINERVA is powerful and beautifully written novel Barbara, Cora, Penelope three women s lives that SHARRATT intertwines in a beautifully choreographed tale These strong, singular women s stories are about struggling surviving, living and loving fiercely and without compromise The roles and societal structure that defined small town life in the 1930s shape the destinies of Barbara, Cora, and Penelope Each has a secret to keep Each must find a way to escape and reestablish their lives THE REAL MINERVA is historical fiction as well as feminist literature at its best SHARRATT is a masterful author I have very much enjoyed her novels that I ve read so far ILLUMINATIONS, THE VANISHING POINT, THE DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL and, of course, THE REAL MINERVA I look forward to reading her first novel, SUMMIT AVENUE, as well as her upcoming novel, THE DARK LADY s MASK

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