In Them Days looks back From party lines and mail order catalogues to barn fires and wife-beating, In Them Days captures the fun and the challenges of an isolated farm community, circa 1918. For young folks, a lesson in rarely recorded history; for older readers, a nostalgic journey into the life and times of their parents and grandparents.
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Isobel Warren is a veteran journalist and travel writer, with myriad credits in national and international publications. Co-founder and past-president of The Travel Media Association of Canada, she has written two travel guides and contributed to three Fodor Guides. She was founder and editor of Hands, the Canadian craft magazine. In Them Days is her first novel.Review:
In her recently released book, In Them Days, author Isobel Warren brings events in rural Ontario, following World War 1, to life with a wide cast of characters from dirt-poor farmers, to Adam, a wealthy young landowner, to Julianna, a lovely doctor s daughter from the city who aspires to become a doctor herself. Julianna s challenges include the prejudices of the medical world as well as the community folk who need her so much. Each and every character has a role and purpose in the story and Warren leaves no strings untied. In Them Days is a novel set in a time when women were expected to support their men and not challenge old beliefs, especially about women s rights related to their health. Although a fiction, it is filled with stories based on historic facts that are true-to-life from the period. You will find yourself experiencing a multitude of feelings from love and laughter, to sadness and sympathy, to extreme anger. Isobel Warren has combined her knowledge of the earlier times with her creative mind and excellent writing skills to produce a page-turner that could be used in history classes but is also a must-read for book club members from teens to older adults. Although I was born long after the 1920 s, I had heard enough from my parents to know what life was like following the first world war. In Rural Nova Scotia we were a few decades behind the rest of the country so the lifestyle, farm implements and methods and many of the events in the book are very familiar to me. Judy Eberspaecher --Facebook
Isobel Warren writes engagingly and all-knowingly about 'them days' because she grew up there, in a later generation, when remembered gossip, prejudices, superstitions, hatreds and hero worship were as vivid on her elders' tongues as they were on her child's ears. Indelible, unforgettable, waiting to be transformed into art as Isobel does here. The v ariety of characters in this well-wrought novel, the richness of rural and agricultural life from horrific barn fire to the rhythms of courtship, marriage, birth and death, the overall panorama, are true to life as only a fellow countrywoman could know them. Dr. Joaquin Kuhn, Professor Emeritus, English, University of Toronto --Facebook
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Book Description Cedar Cave Books, Newmarket, ON, Canada, 2013. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # C24C21