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The daughter of the town's prostitute, Frieda is haunted and determined. This is a fine story of one young woman who can never have enough; it's never safe, she always needs to make more. After all, her little sister is a smart, loving girl/young woman who has needs but can be flighty, and their beloved "caretaker", Silver--perhaps the only man in town who never made use of their mother--is crippled and ailing from a stroke, needing care, dying a little more each day.
Enter rum running, where Frieda's skills make her one of the most dependable and durable of mechanics. Here she finds solidarity, excitement and most of all, money. And soon, a love that turns her into someone she doesn't recognize.
"The Whiskey Sea" is a well-written story, redolent with the fragrances of the past, the mechanics and societal norms of Prohibition and poverty (if you don't get in on the action). It's a story about love, security, and finding forgiveness in your heart for all of that which haunts you. It's about letting go and letting love in.
Angela Dawe narrates very well, never making her male characters caricatures, and suffusing the text with energy and excitement. It's a short story, only 8+ hours, but it's sweet without being precious, and touching without being a ploy-filled tearjerker. I really enjoyed this story about the sea and history, about sisters and friends, about finding the love and steadiness that surrounds us all.
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Good historical fiction, great explanation of town and heroine's struggles with circumstances. Beautiful imagery. Annoying choices made by characters with obvious results, bittersweet ending in wrapping up all story lines that reader sees coming, and leaves you unhappy.
26 of 29 people found this review helpful