A writer of wide experience, Ruth Suckow nevertheless remained focused on small-town life: one could even call her the Jane Austen of small-town America. Many of her characters were the "sparrows of Iowa", ordinary folks whom she made extraordinary by writing about them. In her 1942 novel about the little community of New Hope, written during the desperate days of World War II, life is marked by unusual optimism, openness, mutual care, trust, communal spirit, democracy, and above all light. The people in New Hope are pervaded by a fresh glow both actual and figurative.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TimBazzett - LibraryThing
Ruth Suckow's 1942 novel, NEW HOPE, has lost none of its brilliance in the past seventy years, and the University of Iowa has done serious readers everywhere a great service in putting it back in ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Schmerguls - LibraryThing
I read this because the author was born near where I live, and is a well-known Iowa author. It tells of a minister and his family coming to the new Iowa town and staying two years. There is nothing ... Read full review