Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Frozen-Mary Casanova

Frozen-Mary Casanova

the facts
satisfaction: up
page: 256
gender: F
nationality: USA
year: 2012
Novel

"Set during the roaring 1920s in the beautiful, wild area on Rainy Lake where Minnesota meets Canada, Frozen tells the remarkable story of Sadie Rose, whose mother died under strange circumstances the same night that Sadie Rose was found, unable to speak, in a snowbank. Sadie Rose doesn’t know her last name and has only fleeting memories of her mother—and the conflicting knowledge that her mother had worked in a brothel. Taken in as a foster child by a corrupt senator, Sadie Rose spends every summer along the shores of Rainy Lake, where her silence is both a prison and a sanctuary."

This rather unique kind of narrative is well executed. The heroine, Sadie Rose, is lovable and you find yourself rooting for her from the first bit. Her silence hides a very strong mind that despite being sheltered is nimble and quick. She seems to be a good example of how stimulation from an early age can produce robust and capable people. Her life however, is and has never been ideal and yet she manages to both be her own person and overcome her problems despite people who approach her with hidden agendas.

The servants, Aasta and her husband, are great characters. Almost more lovable than Sadie Rose, they are fonts of small wisdoms and support. Something that is completely absent from the upper class family that Sadie Rose lives with. There is a distinct bias against the upper class throughout the book since they are the ones causing all the problems, creating situations, are oppressive and have hidden agendas. They all have secrets. In contrast the lower classes, the servants and the love interest are comparatively helpful, supportive, and have only benevolent secrets. The 1920s setting kind of works out like that I guess.

My only problem with it would be that the ending seemed a bit too pat. Everything got resolved too easily and too neatly...it works but is a bit offputting given that the rest is so well done.

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