by Michelle Hoover
This story tells of the lives of two women living on adjacent farms somewhere in the midwest from 1913 to 1950. Mary and Edinina are neighbors with very different personalities, The Quickening focuses on the reluctant relationship they must form together. Their lives become entwined, often with tragic results.
These memorable characters live a life we today can hardly imagine. They began with very little and worked hard to make a life of some degree of comfort and security. Their setbacks, heartbreak and their rare moments of joy make this book memorable. I finished this book a week ago and I am still thinking about it: this one leaves an impression on you.