I read to escape and to learn. I like science fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers and adventure stories.
I had never heard the author when I ordered this book from the library. Its main draw was the fact that it was a Persephone reprint. This first, short novel by Ethel Wilson is filled with wonderful descriptions of the interior of British Colombia. This is a coming of age story of young Frankie who over the course of 7 years (during the 1930's), periodically tangles
with Hetty Dorval, a beautiful and completely self absorbed woman with a scandalous past.
I loved the sweetness of Frankie’s relationship with her mom and dad and enjoyed reading about her parent’s unusual and deep bond with each other. I found this novella very enjoyable, in particular the final scene between Hetty and Frankie. I was surprised when I realized I was on the last page. A real gem.