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This is a well written, but heartbreaking story about two families, the Hartsoes and the Murchesons Cicero Murcheson marries Susan Elizabeth Hartsoe and she bears 9 children The tragedies that follow their lifeline are tenderly expressed by this author The tale is told from the perspective of Mary Bet Hartsoe, the youngest and last surviving child of the family She has witnessed the deaths of her grandparents, siblings and mother She has had to deal with her brother s deafness and had to wa This is a well written, but heartbreaking story about two families, the Hartsoes and the Murchesons Cicero Murcheson marries Susan Elizabeth Hartsoe and she bears 9 children The tragedies that follow their lifeline are tenderly expressed by this author The tale is told from the perspective of Mary Bet Hartsoe, the youngest and last surviving child of the family She has witnessed the deaths of her grandparents, siblings and mother She has had to deal with her brother s deafness and had to watch her father s descent into madness following his own father s path At the end of his life, her grandfather Hartsoe, was obsessed with creating a perpetual motion machine This story is about superstition and, possibly, the perpetual motion of life, the forward marching of this family and others like it, that in spite of their inexorable, difficult journey toward heartache and loss, continue on, never quite giving up The decisions Mary Bet was forced to make were heartfelt but difficult, yet make them she did She was a strong and independent woman in a time period when women were docile and compliant A forerunner tovocal champions of women s rights, she achieved a place of honor in a man s world and, ultimately, discovered her own rightful place in the world.The novel begins as the 19th century nears its end and continues until the end of World War I when Mary Bet s life finally takes a different turn Mary Bet was born in 1887 and she spent the next three decades seeking solutions to her questions and uncertainties and trying to discover her true purpose in life Her quiet strength and determination, her kindness, her manners, her fears and her sorrows are all presented in detail, making her into a character we grow to know and identify with we feel her burdens and share in her pain as she faces the sorrows rained down upon her family We are privy to her doubts about herself and her faith in an ever present G d, her fear of death and the devil, and on the other end of the spectrum, her ultimate optimism in the face of trauma She rarely shows anger and most often exhibits common sense in her dealings with people Throughout her life, Mary Bet is pretty even tempered, kind and generous, but she has committed her own sins in the past which have continued to loom larger in her mind She must come to terms with them She wonders if her family could be cursed The family s genetic field is threaded with madness Even Mary Bet sometimes feels that she is not quite tethered to the ground She once had an imaginary friend She believed the devil was coming for her She witnessed her father s bouts of madness when he talked to himself, admonished himself, tried to shoot himself She lives in a time when change is everywhere There are horseless carriages, advances in civil rights, improvements for the rights of women There is racial bias and religious prejudice which is just beginning to be addressed So this story is about a time when not only Mary Bet searches for answers, but so does America Should women and blacks have improved rights and benefits, the right to vote, own property should the country go to war, conscript men, allow women to hold office, should companies discriminate, should Christians mix with Jews It is a time when there area no miracle drugs and very few adequate treatments for disease and other afflictions The image of life in the heady days at the turn of the century is vivid The reader is taken back into the past with Mary Bet It is a world in which different classes, religions and race are stressed Mixing is forbidden Sometimes it feels like there is too much detail, but it is the minute explanations of everyday life that allow the reader to get to know the main character and live in that time with her, although some characters seem to come and go before they are fully developed.The reader may wonder if Mary Bet s insecurities and burdens were brought on by her own behavior, her own tentativeness and instability However, she comes into her own, becoming the first woman to serve as interim sheriff in North Carolina She manages the job well, solving crimes, reforming juveniles, and settling many petty disputes and economic issues that have remained unresolved for years.Also, as I read, I sometimes wondered where this book was going It seemed to march on without a goal, and yet, in the end, it was simply a very good story, a story told without the vitriol, crude language and concentration on sex that is so prevalent in many of the cruder novels of today Mary Bet is a warm and endearing character, a bit afraid of G d and the Devil Religion and its dogma scare her She has suffered so much loss that she may be afraid to love, afraid to lose again, afraid she could be cursed This book is about her coming of age, her growing into herself and learning to deal with the contrasting aspects of life.The title comes from a poem by George Herbert, Bittersweet There is indeed much love, and much lament, in this novel about a young girl coming of age in rural North Carolina The story takes us from 1893 to 1919, years in which the main character, Mary Bet, comes of age, loses most of her family, struggles with life, love, sin and finding her place in a new and changing worldone filled both with danger, hardship, war, and joy, friendship, opportunity and forgiveness I love Mary Bet Hartsoe and her love of her family, her spiritthis girl woman s g There is indeed much love, and much lament, in this novel about a young girl coming of age in rural North Carolina The story takes us from 1893 to 1919, years in which the main character, Mary Bet, comes of age, loses most of her family, struggles with life, love, sin and finding her place in a new and changing worldone filled both with danger, hardship, war, and joy, friendship, opportunity and forgiveness I love Mary Bet Hartsoe and her love of her family, her spiritthis girl woman s going to remain with me a long time Thank you, John Milliken Thompson, for your beautiful proseit s a joy to read your books #Read Pdf º Love and Lament ⛏ A dauntless heroine coming of age at the turn of the twentieth century confronts the hazards of patriarchy and prejudice, and discovers the unexpected opportunities of World War I Set in rural North Carolina between the Civil War and the Great War, Love and Lament chronicles the hardships and misfortunes of the Hartsoe family Mary Bet, the youngest of nine children, was born the same year that the first railroad arrived in their county As she matures, against the backdrop of Reconstruction and rapid industrialization, she must learn to deal with the deaths of her mother and siblings, a deaf and damaged older brother, and her father s growing insanity and rejection of God In the rich tradition of Southern gothic literature, John Milliken Thompson transports the reader back in time through brilliant characterizations and historical details, to explore what it means to be a woman charting her own destiny in a rapidly evolving world dominated by men Life is difficult in rural North Carolina in the years between the Civil War and the first World War People worked hard and didn t have the material things that are taken for granted in modern life Families were large and people didn t travel that much so family reigned supreme But change was coming These were the years that electricity started to be used, that cars started to jostle horses for dominance on the roads Indoor plumbing was another major step forward, and the economy was moving Life is difficult in rural North Carolina in the years between the Civil War and the first World War People worked hard and didn t have the material things that are taken for granted in modern life Families were large and people didn t travel that much so family reigned supreme But change was coming These were the years that electricity started to be used, that cars started to jostle horses for dominance on the roads Indoor plumbing was another major step forward, and the economy was moving from that of agriculture to commerce and industry John Milliken Thompson s Love And Lament details the life of the Hartsoe family in the Piedmont region of North Carolina in these years The Hartsoes were one of the major families in the region it s men Civil War heroes Cicero Hartsoe came back to Haw County and ran a store He and his wife had nine children Life was hard but family was a recompense from God for the difficulties encountered But the Hartsoe family seemed marked out for tragedy Mary Bet, the youngest, watches hopelessly as one by one, all her brothers and sisters are taken Some die from diseases that would be easily cured today, some in accidents By the time she is twenty, Mary Bet finds herself alone in the world, her only surviving parent in a hospital for life while she is left to make her way in the world Mary Bet is an interesting character Although haunted by her family history, she manages to carve out a life for herself She moves and finds a job, living in boarding houses and then with roommates As the years go on, she is unsure if she will ever have another family, one of her own But regardless, she moves on and finds value in the life she is given to live This book is recommended for readers of historical fiction It is difficult for most people to imagine how different life in our country was just a hundred years ago, how isolated people were due to the difficulty of transportation and how reliant on family and friends each individual was For women to carve out a separate life for themselves in this environment was a definite show of character The reader will remember Mary Bet Hartsoe long after the last page is turned Love and Lament is a coming of age story about a young girl named Mary Bet who faces an unfathomable series of events that leaves her with a father that loses his mind goes bananas, literally She is extremely relatable and she s a character whom you really grow to care for over the course of the read Thompson paints a vivid picture of early 20th century North Carolina, where it was ushering in electricity and railroads, and you really get a great feel for what it might be like to be alive du Love and Lament is a coming of age story about a young girl named Mary Bet who faces an unfathomable series of events that leaves her with a father that loses his mind goes bananas, literally She is extremely relatable and she s a character whom you really grow to care for over the course of the read Thompson paints a vivid picture of early 20th century North Carolina, where it was ushering in electricity and railroads, and you really get a great feel for what it might be like to be alive during that time The dynamic of time, place and storyline melds wonderfully.This book has some really great characters Even minor insignificant characters standout and feel very thought out Although the synopsis leads you to think this is a depressing novel, it did not read that way at all for me The protagonist s ability to keep her faith, hope and a clear mind through all of the tragedies gave me a sense of strong will and tough stubbornness that made me feelproud than sad.This was a great read and I recommend it to anyone that is looking for something that treads between the line of historical fiction and just realistic fiction set in the past it ll really transport you back 100 years ago with a great heroine protagonist, strong character development and an outstanding storyline A gentle reminder of faith and love, Love and Lament, is the gentle tale of a girl whose loss become her greatest strength and whose ability to overcome seemingly endless obstacles has made for a long and beautiful tale A good read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, it was certainly a lucky find. Very long, well written epic novel Takes place in a poor mountain area of North Carolina This tale pretty much covers the life of a woman named Mary Elizabeth She s the sole survivor of 9 children in the Hartsoe family and the youngest Her life is hard, but she perseveres and lives an interesting life Very well written and full of raw emotion. A long sad ish storyIt went along slowly Mary Bet is a traumatized main character by loss and religion As her family dies off, she fears the devil and makes one sided deals with God It s worth the read. At times this read like Jane Austen giving the reader the small daily details, thoughts, and happenstances of a woman s life But the similarities largely end there Mary Bet s life was less socially restricted and this is North Carolina beginning when Mary Bet is six in 1893 and finishing in 1919 as soldiers do or do not return from the war in France Some parts of the story worked better than others For example, I found the chapters taking place in France and telling of her suitor s life to b At times this read like Jane Austen giving the reader the small daily details, thoughts, and happenstances of a woman s life But the similarities largely end there Mary Bet s life was less socially restricted and this is North Carolina beginning when Mary Bet is six in 1893 and finishing in 1919 as soldiers do or do not return from the war in France Some parts of the story worked better than others For example, I found the chapters taking place in France and telling of her suitor s life to be an intrusion But I enjoy this sort of book where the main character s thoughts often take precedence over the events of the world outside their window Since Mary Bet s young life is lived through the loss of nearly her entire immediate family, she tends to always fear the worse These thoughts feel like foreshadowing, but they are simply thoughts This naturally leaves a few loose ends for the reader And there are undoubtedly people who will ask why Why would Thompson include this or that in the story if it led to nothing Well, I will argue because that is just the way life s thoughts and realities are I also felt it added an innovative twist, giving the book a smidgeon of literary importance It also makes the book perfect for discussion, very possibly a polarized discussion Personally, this fits my comfort read category One I snuggled under a blanket to read and found my mind escaping into I was pleasantly surprised by this book I checked it out from the library when I was just looking through the shelves actually this last trip, I went to the end of the alphabet and picked my books from there The time period and Mary Bet s situation sounded interesting I m going to try and be vague so I don t ruin anything while also describing the book let s see how this goes, shall we Very early she experiences loss after loss, but it wasn t as sad as you d think The deaths happened s I was pleasantly surprised by this book I checked it out from the library when I was just looking through the shelves actually this last trip, I went to the end of the alphabet and picked my books from there The time period and Mary Bet s situation sounded interesting I m going to try and be vague so I don t ruin anything while also describing the book let s see how this goes, shall we Very early she experiences loss after loss, but it wasn t as sad as you d think The deaths happened so quickly I didn t get a chance to become attacheduntil a little bit later and then it was sad and it hurt After her family s pretty much gone, things start to settle and you get to watch Mary Bet become an interesting and independent woman yay I was afraid something bad was going to happen later on, but finally Thompson seemed to leave Mary Bet alone I enjoyed the writing and the setting the details were so nicely done you were really in the story I actually post it noted a quote that seemed to sum up the majority of the book especially the beginning In my edition it s page 141 We go on living because we have no choice, she told herself, because there is nothing else for us to do I didn t really care for the additional narrative voice later in the book it didn t happen much, but it just felt too abrupt and ultimately unnecessary and the very end feltoff I don t know how else to describe it I liked the ending up to the last couple of pages and then it kind of left a weird after taste Also there was a little mystery about one of the siblings that I never felt was explained It could be that I just missed it, but I would have liked a little.I would recommend this, especially if you like historical fiction