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Book Title: Come and Get It|
The author of the book: Edna Ferber
Edition: Prairie Oak Press
Date of issue: October 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9781879483057
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 24.63 MB
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Reader ratings: 7.7
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This starts out as the story of Barney Glasglow, a wealthy paper mill owner around the turn of the century. It flashes back to his youth in a logging camp (his mother was the cook), and it reminded me so much of John Irving's Last Night in Twisted River that I set out looking for reviews that made the comparison, but no one reads Edna Ferber any more, so there were none. Then it jumps back to adult Barney, and he becomes obsessed with the unnaturally beautiful granddaughter of his old logging buddy Swan Bostrum. Melodrama ensues, especially when Barney's son Bernie becomes smitten with Lotta, too.
This book is a bit all over the place, but it is still the kind of multi-generational saga that Ferber does so very well. I didn't love it as much as the perfect Giant or also perfect So Big, but it was still a great read to the end.
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Read information about the authorEdna Ferber was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were popular in her lifetime and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), Cimarron (1929; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), and Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie).
Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to a Hungarian-born Jewish storekeeper, Jacob Charles Ferber, and his Milwaukee, Wisconsin-born wife, Julia (Neumann) Ferber. After living in Chicago, Illinois, and Ottumwa, Iowa, at the age of 12 Ferber and her family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where she graduated from high school and briefly attended Lawrence University. She took newspaper jobs at the Appleton Daily Crescent and the Milwaukee Journal before publishing her first novel. She covered the 1920 Republican National Convention and 1920 Democratic National Convention for the United Press Association.
Ferber's novels generally featured strong female protagonists, along with a rich and diverse collection of supporting characters. She usually highlighted at least one strong secondary character who faced discrimination ethnically or for other reasons; through this technique, Ferber demonstrated her belief that people are people and that the not-so-pretty people have the best character.
Ferber was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of wits who met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel in New York.
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