Monday, February 14, 2011

Book Review: The Sweetheart Season by Karen Joy Fowler

Photo taken from Goodreads

 Book Info

Title:  The Sweetheart Season

Author:  Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher:  Penguin 

Language: English
Format:  Paperback 
Pages:  368 pages
ISBN-10:  0141027088
ISBN-13:  978-0141027081
Source:  Purchased, Booksale


From Goodreads:

"Though most men had returned to their hometowns after World War II, few came back to the tiny village of Magrit, Minnesota. Irini, a nineteen year-old woman, works in the Scientific Kitchen at Margaret Mill, a cereal factory, with most of Magrit's other eligible bachelorettes. Hoping to promote his business and attract some suitors for his staff, the owner of the mill forms a women's baseball team called the Sweetwheat Sweethearts. Irini, who wields a fearsome throwing arm, strong from kneading bread dough, is the team's star center fielder and her successes, failures, and revelations on and off the ball field are endearingly recalled by her now grown daughter."


Dear Maggie,

I have been wanting to read a book for the longest time, but the ones I have are either too brief or deep.  Could you advise me on which book I could pick up?

                                                                                                                    - Bored in Manila

Dear Bored in Manila,

It seems to me that you would be better off reading magazines as they provide readers with light topics that books could not give you.  You see, the intensity of issues within a story are very relative.  What may be a serious topic for me might be a shallow matter for you.  Therefore, I could not outright say that you should read this or that as they are guaranteed easy to read.

I would, however, recommend reading The Sweetheart Season by Karen Joy Fowler while you are on a search for your 'light and easy' book.  This story has that good mix of lighthearted wit and drama and might actually be perfect for you, if you feel that living in a small town whose young men had never returned to after the war, leaving the young women's marriage prospects in jeopardy a good enough premise.

The story takes place in Magrit, where a cereal mill owned by one of the richest resident supplies most of the employment for its inhabitants.  This cereal mill also produces a women's magazine where a fictitious agony aunt by the name of Maggie Collins serves as its ambassadress.  Finding that the young men have left town permanently, the owner of the mill decided to put up a baseball team - The Sweethearts - composed of the young women under his employ and let them travel to different towns in order to spread the word about their product, Sweetheart Cereal, and of course, let the young women meet and mingle with young men.

This book has elements of good humor and chick literature that I am sure would appeal to most women, especially those who loved the movie A League of Their Own about women playing baseball during the war.  However, some chapters, especially those in the beginning, seemed to read too slow and insignificant, although reading until the end, one would find that the beginning chapters would help everything come full circle.  I just hope that you can get past the drag and be able to plow through the ending.  Also, may I advise you to use a bit more imagination while reading this as that can help a long way in making you understand everything that happens as there were some parts there that at face value would seem unimportant and irrelevant, but were actually defining moments or turning points in the story.  A little more imagination and attention to detail would get you a long way in reading this book.

That said, I hope you can get a copy of this book and read this, and I hope this is light enough for you - at least good enough until you find your perfect easy-reading book.

                                                                                                                Ever Reliable,


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