A Fireproof Home for the Bride

A Fireproof Home for the Bride

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"Emmeline Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold rural Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals. Marriage is preordained, the groom practically predestined. Though it's 1958, southern Minnesota did not see changing roles for women on the horizon. Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960's, Emmy doesn't see that she has any say in her life, any choices at all. Only when Emmy's fiance; shows his true colors and forces himself on her does she find the courage to act--falling instead for a forbidden Catholic boy, a boy whose family seems warm and encouraging after the sere Nelson farm life. Not only moving to town and breaking free from her engagement but getting a job on the local newspaper begins to open Emmy's eyes. She discovers that the KKK is not only active in the Midwest but that her family is involved, and her sense of the firm rules she grew up under--and their effect--changes completely. A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE has the charm of detail that will drop readers into its time and place: the home economics class lecture on cuts of meat, the group date to the diner, the small-town movie theater popcorn for a penny. It also has a love story--the wrong love giving way to the right--and most of all the pull of a great main character whose self-discovery sweeps the plot forward. The setting is Kent Haruf, but the heroine is pure Annie Proulx"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Description: x, 371 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781250049674
Branch Call Number: Sche


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Mar 31, 2017

Emmaline Nelson is 18 and promised to Ambrose Brann, the much older son of the wealthiest farmer in the Fargo/Moorhead area. When a disastrous date with Ambrose ends in rape, Emmy breaks the engagement and is forced out of her family's home by her strictly religious mother. As Emmy struggles to survive, she is taken in by her mysterious aunt, the prolific novelist Josephine Randall. After landing a switchboard job at the Fargo Forum, Emmy falls in love with journalism and stumbles into evidence of Ku Klux Klan activity in the area after the local theater is set on fire. As Emmy digs deeper, she learns, to her horror, that her grandfather was involved in KKK activities in the 1920s. Nearly 40 years later, the KKK is re-emerging under the name of Citizens' Council. As long-hidden family secrets emerge, Emmy is forced to face the hideous circumstances and effects of her family's past activities. Although the novel is dark and hard to read at times, it's a great reminder that America has always dealt with immigrants and others in a variety of ways. This story would generate a lot of discussion at a book club.

Jul 10, 2015

Waaaay too much information for the time period covered that wasn't necessarily fun to read but it all tied into the story at the end. Awesome to read, but also sad.

Apr 29, 2015

I enjoyed this story. It has a little bit of everything in it and does not have an ending I envisioned at all.


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Mar 31, 2017

"The sins of the grandfathers?" Jim pondered.

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