Swimming in the Moon
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Swimming in the Moon by Pamela Schoenewaldt
14-year-old Lucia immigrates to Cleveland in the year 1905, after her unstable mother’s mental issues cause problems with their employer.
“Do well in America, Lucia. Be good and study hard. Write to the countess. Take care of your mother… Teresa, watch your temper and try to be happy. It’s a new start for you.”
This was an emotional story, showing the real hardships and frustrations of immigrants in America. The main character, Lucia, reminded me a bit of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley — thrown into an entirely new situation out of her control, but completely determined to not only make a way for herself, but to help everyone around her as well. In many historical fiction novels, I struggle with female main characters because they seem to be too “modern” for their era, but Lucia’s determination to help factory workers in poor work conditions and her loyalty to her mentally ill mother were very fitting and believable.
This is a character-driven novel, and the plot moves along at a slow pace, with many years passing while Lucia and her mother settle into their new lives in America, but it’s well worth a read!
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