A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32
A Gathering of Days A New England Girl's Journal 183032 Author:Joan W. Blos I, Catherine Cabot Hall, aged 13 years, 6 months, 29 days... do begin this book. — So begins this journal of a girl coming of age in nineteenth-century New Hampshire. — Catherine records both the hardships of pioneer life and its many joys. Even as she struggles with her mother's death and her father's eventual remarriage, Catherine's indomitable ... more »spirit makes this saga an often-times uplifting and joyous one.
Quiet yet powerful, this award-winning book is sure to touch all who read it.
"Her characters are truly of their times, not 1970's sensibilities masquerading in 1830's homespun, and old-fashioned in the best sense of the word -- principled."
A Newbery Award winner, I found this book to be slow-paced though I enjoyed the subject matter. This is the fictional diary of a young girl growing up in New England in 1830-1832. The voice was very authentic and the research well done, but just not compelling. I started this book almost a year ago, was distracted, and never found a reason to pick it up again till now, and only because I didn't have anything I was dying to read at the moment. Still, I liked it for the portrayal of life in the period. Not sure how much I would have enjoyed it if I'd read it as a child or teen.
The journal of a fourteen-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.