Unsubtle. Cielle, the teenage protagonist of Meghan Kenny’s debut novel titled, The Driest Season, lives on a Wisconsin farm in the early 1940s and experiences dramatic loss. There’s nothing subtle in the things that shake up Cielle’s world: her father’s suicide, a tornado that destroys the barn, the backdrop of the World War, a draught that threatens the family’s survival on the farm. What Kenny does well in this novel is make readers believe that Cielle handles everything in stride and finds hope after losses. A dramatic barn raising provides an image of a future during which all will one day be well.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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