Where Lilacs Still Bloom

Where Lilacs Still Bloom

Large Print - 2012
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German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education, and a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda?s driving purpose: a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife. Through the years, seasonal floods continually threaten to erase her Woodland, Washington garden and a series of family tragedies cause even Hulda to question her focus. In a time of practicality, can one person?s simple gifts of beauty make a difference?
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781611733778
Characteristics: 383 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.

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Librarian_Deb Jul 18, 2017

Based on the life of Hulda Klager, the "lilac lady" who developed dozens of new lilac varieties and whose home and gardens are still on display today. This novel follows from when, as a young wife, she first begins to dream of improving the plants on her farm - starting with creating crisper, tastier and easier to peel apples. She quickly moves to lilacs, her favorite flower, and dreams of making the blooms larger and more fragrant. Along the way she navigates marriage, rearing four children, family tragedies, opposition from neighbors and many more life events with a deep introspective faith. Part of the story is also told by a young female news reporter, who faces many obstacles as a working woman in the early 20th century. She eventually meets Hulda and is able to help publicize her work. This novel is long but the deep inner lives of the characters, particularly Hulda, make it one to savor. And you just may develop an interest in lilacs after reading it

mrsgail5756 May 21, 2012

Good Read B+ Book!!!!

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