The Driest Season by Meghan Kenny

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The Driest Season Read Online Free - As her community suffers a long season of drought, sixteen-year-old Cielle endures a more personal calamity: the unexpected death of her father. On a balmy summer afternoon, she finds him hanging in the barn—the start of a dark secret that threatens her family’s livelihood. A war rages elsewhere, while in the deceptive calm of the American heartland, Cielle’s family contends with a new reality and fights not to be undone.

Based on an award-winning short story, The Driest Season creates a moving portrait of Cielle’s struggle to make sense of her father’s time on earth, and of her own. Debut novelist Meghan Kenny tells, with wisdom and grit, a deeply affecting story of a young woman discovering loss, heartache, and—finally—hope.

Title : The Driest Season
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ISBN : 0393634590
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

January 02, 2018

A slice of life in the American heartland. Boaz Wisconsin, 1943, Cielle finds her father dead, hanging from the rafters in the barn. This discovery puts the family at risk, their farm at risk, and leads Cielle on the quest to discover exactly why her beloved father did what he did. (Not a spoiler...

Monica rated it ★★★☆☆

January 08, 2018

Although this isn't a genre I usually read, I did enjoy The Driest Season . This is an extremely well written short story and accurate depiction of farm life in the post Depression era. I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters and how they supported each other through all their life change...

Fran rated it ★★★★★

January 07, 2018

Cielle Jacobson, sixteen years old, lived on a one hundred acre farm in Boaz, Wisconsin. The farm, owned and settled in 1863 by her Norwegian great-grandfather, was no longer Jacobson land. During the depression, old Mr. Olsen bought land from struggling farmers and leased it back to them. In sum...

Meigan rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

Realistically portraying life in the heart of farming country in America right on the brink of entering WWII, The Driest Season tells the story of a family trying to keep it together when everything is falling apart. 16 year old Cielle is the one who finds her father, hanging from the barn rafter...

Carla rated it ★★★★★

January 12, 2018

I so enjoyed this book set in Wisconsin during World War II. Fifteen year old Cielle is wise beyond her years and the death of her father has her questioning the secrets that are being kept, and her own place in the world. With wonderful character development, I was instantly a party to Cielle's...

Karen rated it ★★★☆☆

March 30, 2018

I received this from in exchange for a review. Fifteen year old Cielle struggles to make sense of her father’s time on earth, and of her own. A war rages elsewhere, while in the deceptive calm of the American heartland, Cielle’s family contends with a new reality and fights not to b...

Donna rated it ★★★★☆

April 18, 2018

Solid 4 of 5 stars - read my review here:

Anne Marie rated it ★★★★★

December 06, 2017

Very interesting story about a young girl, growing up in a small Mid-Western town, and the changes around the world that would impact her. Both her changes and her famiy's changes. Interesting characters and realistic story.

Katie rated it ★★★★☆

November 20, 2017

Fifteen year old Ciella life is forever changed when she walks into the barn on her family's farm in Wisonsin. She finds her father hanging from one of the beams and if word gets out he committed suicide Ciella and her sister and mother could lose their farm. This is a story of grief and growing...

Cynthia rated it ★★★★★

December 13, 2017

Beautifully written, melancholy novel. Somewhat reminiscent of Larry Watson’s fiction, putting this book in excellent company. I highly recommend this short, quiet story.

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