During the summer of 1926 in the lake resort town of Excelsior, Minnesota, sixteen-year-old Garnet, who dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology, is resigned to marrying a nice boy and settling into middle-class homemaking until she takes a liberating job in a hat shop and begins an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper.
Learning to follow passions in work and love despite what family or society thinks is at the heart of this sweet, well-researched young adult novel set during the Jazz Ear. It's 1926 and 16-year-old Garnet is spending the summer with her aunt and cousin in a Michigan resort town. With a passion for ornithology discounted by her very traditional mother, Garnet is constantly cutting out silhouettes of birds and seeking them out. Even though she's living with an oppressive family, Garnet seeks out a private life of adventure, with secret daring trips and a friendship with a beautiful flapper. Exploring environmental concerns and sexuality, this story brims with joy in spite of rigid cultural expectations.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction
- Types of Characters, Social Issues / Homosexuality, Historical / United States / 20th Century, General, Girls + Women
- August 13, 2013
- August 6, 2013
- Molly Beth Griffin