A Girl of the Limberlost

by Gene Stratton Porter
Category: "Fiction - General"
Year of Publication:1904
Date Read:04/15/1997
Notes:Elnora Comstock is a 16-year-old girl who lives on the edge of a swamp called the Limberlost with her widowed mother. Elnora's mother has retreated from the world since the tragic death of her husband when Elnora was a baby. Elnora's only affection is from a neighboring couple who have no children of their own. In this cold atmosphere, Elnora blossoms into a rare jewel of a person; rather than becoming embittered like her mother, she returns love for her mother's negligence and shows remarkable resourcefulness in meeting the challenges of pursuing her dreams while trying to remain faithful to her mother's commands.

Gene Stratton Porter has written several popular novels which were bestsellers in the time they were first published in the early part of the 20th century. A Girl of the Limberlost is full of accurate natural history, especially about moths and butterflies of Indiana and the wonders of nature that could only have come from God.

My Rating: 7

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