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Contemporary
  • Author:
    Joan Chase
  • ISBN:
    0860685365
  • ISBN13:
    978-0860685364
  • Genre:
  • Publisher:
    London Virago 1984.; F edition (1984)
  • Pages:
    224 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Contemporary
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    1150 kb
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  • Rating:
    4.6
  • Votes:
    165
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During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is the first novel by American author Joan Chase. On its publication in 1983 it won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.

During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is the first novel by American author Joan Chase. The story is told from the perspective of the four granddaughters of the "Queen of Persia", an Ohio farmwife, during the 1950s. The narration takes place in the first person plural, an effect that Margaret Atwood believed evoked the collective female unconscious.

Joan Chase’s subtle story of three generations of women negotiating lifetimes of joy and ruin deserves its place .

Joan Chase’s subtle story of three generations of women negotiating lifetimes of joy and ruin deserves its place alongside such achievements as Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women. The Queen of Persia is not an exotic figure but a fierce Ohio farmwife who presides over a household of daughters and granddaughters. The novel tells their stories through the eyes of the youngest members of the family, four cousins who spend summers on the farm, for them both a life-giving Eden and the source of terrible discoveries about desire and loss.

JOAN CHASE was born and raised in Ohio. And in such ways novels are made

JOAN CHASE was born and raised in Ohio. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in philosophy and history and later enrolled in the Writing Workshop of the University of Vermont. And in such ways novels are made. Of her three books, Chase is probably best known for During the Reign of the Queen of Persia, for which she received a PEN/Hemingway Award. She also published The Evening Wolves (1991), a novel concerning a family whose mother has died, and Bonneville Blue, a story collection. Neither achieved the commercial or critical success of During the Reign of the Queen of Persia.

Chase opens with a long, tender description of the kind of farmland that .

Chase opens with a long, tender description of the kind of farmland that many of us would just cruise by on the highway and never appreciate . It was considered one of the best books published in 1983, but has been largely overlooked since then. And it was a first novel. I understand that NYRB has recently brought it back into print. The Queen of Persia’ (her husband’s name for her) is mostly known in this novel as Gram : with her soiled and faded apron and her exhausted face, marked like an old barn siding that had withstood blasts and abuse of all kinds, beyond any expression other than resignation and self-regard.

The Queen of Persia is not an exotic figure but a fierce Ohio farmwife who presides over a household of daughters and granddaughters. This was my 2nd Joan Chase book. I liked it as did another book group participant. A couple of the group didn't like it so much. The novel tells their stories through the eyes of the youngest members of the family.

The Queen of Persia is not an exotic figure but a fierce Ohio farmwife who presides over a household of daughters . Joan Chase is like an archaeologist of our recent past and present, reading our traces back to us, showing us to ourselves freshly discovered and understood. Absorbing and wonderfully written.

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Joan Chase's subtle story of three generations of women negotiating lifetimes of "joy and ruin" deserves its place alongside such achievements as Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping and Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women.

Chase reveals Grace’s eventual death early, and then circles the experience throughout five chapters, each focused loosely on a different member of the family. Time is difficult to pin down: adding to the fractured voice, each chapter has a different sense of narrative distance; sometimes the four girls’ narration seems retrospective, while at other times it seems immersed in the events.

A panoramic account of the trials, tribulations, challenges, and joys shared by generations of one of Ohio's leading families, dominated by the resilient Lil Bradley, their own Queen of Persia

Fog
I chose this book after reading several reviews of it. I especially liked the combined voices of the four girls..Gram herself was a complicated woman which I grew to like most of the time..A good deal if this book revolves around Grace and her illness. The reactions of all the characters seemed lifelike r. I plan to suggest this book to my book group and a book has to be rely good for me to do that.
Sataxe
Our book group read During the Reign of the Queen of Persia. This was my 2nd Joan Chase book. I liked it as did another book group participant. A couple of the group didn't like it so much. I think Joan Chase is a very good writer. I love her use of language and love her characters.
The_NiGGa
The worlds of children swimming in the currents created by the adults in their lives are depicted with nuance and explosive color.. A major theme is the intricacy of feminine awakening to a sexuality and emotional tangles. The language is fresh and poetic. The characters are alive.
Peras
I found this book most enjoyable. Well written history.
bass
Very readable and fun discussion book.
Nejind
Joan gives her characters a sense that is tangible. They become someone you know. Written in first person plural is unique and shows alot of the people and how they play out from others' perspectives.
Thofyn
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. The writing style was unique and a rewarding read. The interplay of characters is a family story of vivid detail.
Although the author is a "wordsmith", the story is one continuous downer. No one is our book club liked the book. I wouldn't have finished it if I hadn't been reading it for my book club. None of the characters were very likeable and I really didn't care what happened to any of them.