Daughters of Erietown; Connie Schultz
Random House Audio - 2020 (read by Cassandra Campbell)
Beginning in 1957 in a small town in Ohio and continuing for the better part of the century (1950s - 1990s), The Daughters of Erietown is a multi-generational story about women and their families. Most of the residents are ordinary everyday people. The women are stay at home mothers and the men hold blue collar jobs to support their families. There's a neighborhood bar and some friendly neighbors.
Brick McGinty and Ellie and young and in love. Brick grew up with an abusive father but, he is a basketball star and looking forward to promising future with a full scholarship to college. Ellie, raise by her grandparents, thinks about becoming a nurse but, it's an unplanned pregnancy that chases this young couple's dreams away.
This debut novel quickly drew me in to the lives of these of these characters. The writing was quite good with strong female characters and dialogue that felt genuine. I liked the way the author depicted small-town life. Seeing how the lives of the women had changed over the years was a highlight of this novel. I did think this book was unnecessarily long (almost 500 pages in print and over 14 hours on audio); IMO it could have benefitted by some additional editing. Overall, I was happy that I read/listened to this one. Cassandra Campbell narrated the audio which was very well done.
RATING - 4/5 stars