Don't Put the Boats Away

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$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
She Writes Press
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Dimensions
5.6 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781631526022
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About the Author

Ames Sheldon worked as a reporter for two small-town newspapers in Minnesota before becoming lead author and associate editor of the monumental reference work Women's History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States, which ignited her passion for writing about the history of women in America. Then she worked as a development officer, raising funds for the Sierra Club in San Francisco, the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, the Minneapolis Public Library, and other nonprofit organizations. Her first historical novel, Eleanor's Wars, won the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice: Fiction. Her second historical novel, Don't Put the Boats Away, was finalist in historical fiction for the 2019 Best Book Awards. Sheldon lives with her husband in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Reviews

2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction "Don't Put the Boats Away is chock-full of well-researched historical details about political events, medical advancements, and even food trends of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, and it also offers important commentary on professional opportunities for women during these decades. The author creates believable characters with complex interior lives. Overall, it's a touching tale that examines the ways in which grief, regret, and unmet expectations can reverberate through generations." --Kirkus Reviews "Don't Put the Boats Away is an impeccably researched and simultaneously heartfelt novel about what it was to be a woman and a scientist in the wake of the Second World War. The world needs more novels like this." --Louisa Hall, The Carriage House, Speak, Trinity "Reading Don't Put the Boats Away is like being enveloped in a family, a real family bound by love and loss, music and science. It's a testament to the danger of secrets and the hope we place in future generations. I enjoyed it thoroughly." --Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, Eden and The Nine "Don't Put the Boats Away is a richly detailed family saga of the Suttons' post-WWII lives--and a wonderful sequel to Ames Sheldon's first novel Eleanor's Wars. Ames's knack for period authenticity is paired with a keen portrayal of the inner lives of major characters that transcend common narratives of '50s, '60s, and '70s America. Complex relationships, dedication to music, science, and family loyalty, and the haunting legacy of war even on privileged families make this a compelling read." --Barbara Stark-Nemon, Even in Darkness, Hard Cider "Sheldon shows us that, although the sea of life is filled with waves of change and raging riptides, if we surround ourselves with the people and things we love, the voyage is not so treacherous." --Minnesota Monthly