Steven Schnur Beyond Providence

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Beyond Providence

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In this novel about tolerance, acceptance, respect, and love, a young boy comes of age on a beloved yet dilapidated farm, developing a deep understanding of himself and those he loves. “An exceptional book for that special group of readers that enjoys introspective, superbly crafted fiction.”-Booklist

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Grade 6-9?Nathan Burns, 12, is growing up on a dilapidated farm in New York at the turn of the century. His father is bitter from a lifetime of mostly fruitless labor; his older brother Eric eschews the farming life for that of an artist; and Kitty, his 30-year-old cousin, attempts to add a gentle, woman's touch to their otherwise barren household. Nathan must contend with the rigors of farming, his father's criticism, the conflict between his father and his brother, as well as some unanswered questions about the death of his mother. When Eric runs away, Kitty and Nathan track him to New York City, where they discover that he has achieved both fame and notoriety. In the end, Kitty is happily married to a wealthy neighbor, Eric and his father are somewhat reconciled, the farm is thriving, and Nathan has matured. Schnur is good at capturing the rural atmosphere and historical ambiance of the early 1900s with vivid pastoral descriptions. The novel is less successful in a number of critical areas. First, Nathan's narrative voice wanders between that of a young boy and a mature, philosophical observer. The dialogue, while at times entertaining, is often stiff and stilted, and insufficient motivation is provided for the characters, leaving readers to wonder, for example, why Eric is so contrary. Finally, the plot is occasionally contrived and is unlikely to hold the interest of most young readers.?Tim Rausch, Crescent View Middle School, Sandy, UT
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