A Gathering of Days A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32
A Gathering of Days A New England Girl's Journal 183032 Author:Joan W. Blos Winner of the Newbery Medal, 1980 — The American Book Award (Children's Books), 1980 — Catherine's mother has died, following the birth of an infant son, and when her father decides to remarry, Catherine faces painful changes, not the least of them in herself. — A provocative story for our times, carved from the granite fo New England traditions, t... more »old in the form of a journal kept by Catherine Hall.
A Newbery Award winner, I found this book to be slow-paced though I enjoyed the subject matter. This is the fictional diary of a young girl growing up in New England in 1830-1832. The voice was very authentic and the research well done, but just not compelling. I started this book almost a year ago, was distracted, and never found a reason to pick it up again till now, and only because I didn't have anything I was dying to read at the moment. Still, I liked it for the portrayal of life in the period. Not sure how much I would have enjoyed it if I'd read it as a child or teen.
The journal of a fourteen-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.