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South Station: A Novel Alice Barton

South Station: A Novel

Alice Barton

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Set in World War II Lowell, Massachusetts, Alice Bartons engrossing first novel portrays time and place as integral to the coming of age of Honey Lee Murphy caught in the complexities of family relationships that are strained by her religious,MoreSet in World War II Lowell, Massachusetts, Alice Bartons engrossing first novel portrays time and place as integral to the coming of age of Honey Lee Murphy caught in the complexities of family relationships that are strained by her religious, regional, parental and class identifications. But these identifications by no means overpower the truly magical individuality of Bartons characterizations. Barton manages to compose her characters out of themes derived from a deeply lived experience of Catholicism, the overwhelming emotional involvement of first love, memories of a much loved father who is a casualty of war and the harsh but devoted ways of a grandmother. The mounting suspense crests as Honey Lee works to resolve conflicts that are both inner and outer. Bartons delicate handling of tension is both dramatic and insightful. I was unable to put South Station down.Rosamond Rosenmeier, Lines Out (Alice James Books)I was struck by the importance-the human complexity-of the moment of history Barton chooses to focus on in her first novel, South Station. She has a surefooted fictional sense. Carefully crafted scenes and memorable characters drive the plot to a powerful climax.Fred Marchant, Tipping Point and Full Moon Boat (Greywolf Press)Bartons South Station has a read me plot. She creates characters complex in themselves and deftly handles their complicated relationships. Bartons assured command of setting and the rare pureness of her prose make South Station a delight.Jack Beatty, Senior Editor, Atlantic Monthly, Regular Contributor, On Point (National Public Radio) and author of The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley