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Rebellion

by Molly Patterson

Rebellion by Molly Patterson X
Rebellion by Molly Patterson
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2017, 560 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 2018, 512 pages

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This sweeping debut novel tells the stories of four women who dare to challenge the boundaries of their circumscribed lives.

Rebellion overlays the stories of four women, spanning a century and the globe in their wide distance from one another. Patterson effectively sketches in the ties that bond them together, and does so patiently and gradually. In one way or another, each character is isolated, foreign, or blocked from the connection and passion she desperately needs. As the novel develops, we watch each of them choose their rebellions, large and small.

Sisters Louisa and Addie, originally from Ohio, are young and newly married in the late 1800s. When Louisa and her new husband move to a farm in Illinois, she cries at the sight of the rough cabin that will be her home. When Addie moves to China with her husband to be a Protestant missionary, it takes years before she acclimates to the dust. The sisters' narratives begin as they correspond through letters that take months to cross the ocean. Then ...

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