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Stillwater

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Clement and Angel are fraternal twinsseparated at birth; they grow up in the same small, frontier loggingtown of Stillwater, Minnesota. Clement was left at the orphanage. Angel was adopted by the town s richest couple, but is marked and threatened by her mother s mental illness. They rarely meet, but Clement knows if he is truly in need, Angel will come to save him. Stillwater, near the Mississippi River andCanada, becomes an important stop on the Underground Railroad. As Clement and Angel grow up and the country marches to war, their lives are changed by many battles for freedom and by losses in the struggle for independence, large and small. "Stillwater"reveals the hardscrabble lives of pioneers, nuns, squaws, fur trappers, loggers, runaway slaves and freedmen, outlaws and people of conscience, all seekinga better, freer, more prosperous future. It is a novel about mothers, about siblings, about the ways in which we must take care of one another and let go of one another. And it sbrought to us in Nicole Helget s winning, gorgeous prose."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 145 x 211 x 36mm | 431g
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0547898207
  • 9780547898209

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"Helget's colorful cast struggles against an 'every man for himself' frontier mentality: from a set of orphaned, separated twins named Clement and Angel; to their biological father, a ne'er-do-well fur-trapper named Beaver Jean; to Angel's nervous, abusive adoptive mother in her fine taffeta skirts; to the nuns and priests and native Americans and escaped slaves who fill out the titular town of Stillwater. The question of whether they will--or won't--take the risks to help each other survive gives the story some tension, but Helget's lyricism is what elevates it"
--"Publishers Weekly ""Make room, Louise Erdrich, Minnesota has a new resident scribe, and her name is Nicole Helget. "Stillwater" is that rare historical novel that shines as much light forward as it does back. In prose that shimmers, Helget tells the story of orphans and runaway slaves, do-gooders and do-badders, gentle nuns and randy old coots, each of whom damn near leaps off the page, reminding us of who we are now. Rascally and robust, saucy and sincere and serious as a logjam, "Stillwater" is celebration of this country's coming of age from a writer staking her claim to greatness."
--Peter Geye, author of "Safe from the Sea" and "The Lighthouse Road
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"A wonder of a novel, rich in history, humor and heart, with prose that flows and sparkles like a sunlit river."
--Benjamin Percy, author of "Red Moon" and "The Wilding"

""Stillwater" is a stunning achievement. Helget brings her keen sense for Southern Gothic to, of all places, the Northwoods of Minnesota. A fascinating story of a frontier logging town, this novel boasts a remarkable assortment of characters--Indians, slaves, trappers, missionaries, mothers and lost children--all caught up in the crosscurrents of American history. A highly touching and believable tale."
--Jonathan Odell, author of "The Healing "
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784 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 15% (120)
4 36% (286)
3 35% (274)
2 10% (81)
1 3% (23)
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