4/02/2010

An Absence so Great

Jane Kirkpatrick
2010
Waterbrook Press
Fiction/Historical

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Jessie Ann Gaebele is in love.  With photography, and with an older married man who trained her in photography.  Distressed and dismayed by the turn of events that have brought her into a position of falling in love with a married man, Jessie tries to escape her desires by chasing other desires, such as the desire to make a name for herself as a woman photographer, the desire to own her own studio and to do it all on her own.  She desperately does not want to love Fredrick J. Bauer.
 Jessie, leaves Winona Wisconsin and travel to many cities and states working as an assistant, where she learns more and more about her trade, where she saves money to fulfill her goals and where she desperately misses her family back home in Winona.
This story is a novel, but the central characters Jessie, her family and Fredrick J. Bauer and his family are real people, in fact Jessie is the grandmother of the author Jane Kirkpatrick.  This story was moving, and was a story that will present a moral dilemna.  Jessie knew it was wrong to love a married man, and that is addressed in the book.  A story you must read to appreciate.   Do not fail to read the interview at the end of the book with the author, it explains so much about the book that you really wonder about as you read it.  383 pages US $14.99 4 stars.

This book was provided for review purposes only no payment was received.

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