Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

March 30, 2008 at 10:30 am 1 comment

This is the new book by Mary Doria Russell, gained favorite author status in my world because she wrote The Sparrow and A Thread of Grace.

Dreamers of the Dayis shorter than her previous books, and is the coming of age story of Agnes Shanklin, a 40 year old schoolteacher from Ohio. After the tragedy of the Great War and the influenza epidemic Agnes has a modest inheritance which allows her to travel to Egypt and Holy Land. She arrives in Cairo just as the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference begins and meets up with Winston Churchill, T.E. Lawrence and Lady Gertrude Bell.

This is an interesting story – lots of wonderful historical detail and set in a time I haven’t really read about (the 1920s). Agnes is an interesting narrator, and her plainspoken opinions on the events of the day  and coming of age story are a nice contrast to the heavier storyline of world politics.

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  • 1. Carter Jefferson  |  March 30, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    I read some of your short reviews, and I’m thinking you might find it interesting to write somewhat longer reviews of novels for the Internet Review of Books. If you’re interested, please drop me a note.

    Carter Jefferson, Editor

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