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The Earth Hums in B Flat

By Mari Strachan

The Earth Hums in B Flat
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2009,
    336 pages.

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  • Maxine D. (Effingham, IL)

    The Earth Hums in B Flat
    I liked this book but am not sure I would recommend it to a friend. I found the writing uneven as it tries to convey to the reader the atmosphere and attitudes of small town living in the not so distant past.

    Gwenni is a most lovable and creditable teller of the tale and her reactions to and reasonings about the behavior of those around her are true to life for a young teenager.
    The mixture of fantasy and reality was jolting to me at times but the ending neatly ties the two together with a gentle smile.
  • Dorian B. (Bainbridge, NY)

    Happily Humming
    In the beginning of this book I felt it was difficult to put my finger on the time and setting, but was gradually drawn in by the main character and the story. Once I fell in to the rhythm of the language and the events unfolded, I was hooked. The author does an excellent job capturing the innocence of Gwenni and using her point of view to tell the story. A unique approach to the timeless tale of the dangers of family secrets.
  • Norma R. (secaucus, NJ)

    The Earth Hums in B Flat
    This story is set in a small town in Wales sometime after World War II. The time period is not clearly stated which adds to the story’s intrigue. The central character is a very precocious twelve year old girl name Gwenni Morgan. She is very bright but has difficulty making friends and fitting in. All the adults in the village are kind to her but refer to her as “off”. Her mother is very critical of Gwenni and seems embarrassed by her. Her advocates are her mother and grandmother. Gwenni becomes a private investigator when a villager goes missing. At night she is able to “fly” and see all that goes on in her village. She gets more information than she ever imagined when horrible secrets are revealed. I liked the idea that the story was told from Gwenni’s point of view. The reader can feel the suspense building. You anticipate that events will turn sad but you are not sure how. Your see how family and neighbors can be so closely tied together in a small isolated town.
  • Linda G. Manager Lafayette Book Store CA

    A Stellar Debut...
    "The Earth Hums in B Flat" is a magical, literary and thoroughly enchanting debut. The location is a small village in Wales in the 1950's, and 12 year old Gwennie narrates. Her voice is perfect, she's charmingly naive and we learn about life along with her as she maneuvers through the complex and quirky characters of the story. Gwennie's tale has somewhat of a 'Harriet the Spy' feel to it as she attempts to take on a local missing persons case. The village secrets that slowly begin to unfold make for a very compelling story. The last 50 pages nearly took my breath away they were so beautiful. This book will also make a terrific young adult crossover, perfect for mother-daughter book clubs. I loved it!!
  • Virginia W. (Cloverdale, CA)

    The world according to Gwennie
    A 12 year old narrating a multigenerational family saga based in the 1950's is a bit unique. Luckily, she is a "survivor" kind of child and with the help of her dad, she comes to understand her circumstances. The plot, however, is not unique but rather time worn.
  • Lesley B. (Easley, SC)

    Must Read!
    This book was a fun read written in a child's narrative. Strachan paints a vivid picture of small town life. The main character, Gwenni, struggles to find her place in the community and in her own family. We follow Gwenni as she investigates town mysteries as well as her own family history. Secrets passed from generation to generation are slowly revealed. Gossip, secrets, and murder keep the reader longing for more.
  • Margaret R. ( GA)

    The Earth Hums in B Flat
    This was a wonderful, well written book told through the eyes of a young girl with an outsized imagination and a curiosity far beyond her years. Life in a small Welsh village relatively untouched by the changing world around it is beautifully portrayed. At first I thought it was going to be a sweet "feel good" book about village life, but the plot and character development make it much more than that. It would be a good read for anyone.
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