By Meghan O'Rourke, Joan Chase
The Queen of Persia isn't really an unique determine yet a fierce Ohio farmwife who presides over a family of daughters and granddaughters. the radical tells their tales during the eyes of the youngest family members, 4 cousins who spend summers at the farm, for them either a life-giving Eden and the resource of negative discoveries approximately wish and loss. the women bicker and scrap, they whisper secrets and techniques at bedtime, and exceptionally, they become aware of the types of ladies their moms are and beauty what sort of girls they're going to develop into. yet continuously current is the family's nice trauma, the decline and eventual dying from melanoma of Gram's daughter Grace.
A robust tale approximately relatives ties and tensions, through the Reign of the Queen of Persia can also be a publication approximately position, charting the transformation of the previous hardscrabble Midwest into the industrial barren region of recent the USA.
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