Herbs and Apples, the novel Helen Hooven Santmyer wrote at the height of her youthful creative powers, is the work that many critics have loved even more than . . . And Ladies of the Club. Laced with nostalgia as well as timeless insight into human character, Santmyer's enchanting novel is as contemporary today as the day it was written....
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Herbs and Apples Reviews
I first read this in 2000, when I was thinking of returning to my native Ohio after living away from it many years. Since my premiere dive into Santmyer's town of "Tecumseh," I've read cover to cover at least nine times. I've now befriended this book so thoroughly that, on any given day, if I'm restless and in dire need of comfort, I can grab it, open it, and begin reading exactly where I opened it without being lost as to what came before. I know this book better than any other that's passed in front of my eyes.There is much more to this book than its pink and girly cover, and vague description suggests. It has a wonderful, subtle feminism lodged in the women who share their college lives (at a nameless Eastern college that is really none other than Wellesley), their budding careers in New York City at the time the world faces its first multi-national conflict. After many rereads, I was able to form essays about the mysterious characterization of Madeleine, particularly the dyad of Madeleine and Derrick Thornton (the story's protagonist). Madeleine is the question mark of the entire book, whom, I fear, was regrettably at the end of many Santmyer edits (at the insistence of her publisher), so that we are left with many ellipses surrounding Madeleine's reasons, her long and complicated friendship with Derrick that may (if it hadn't been for those edits) crossed the threshold into an intense feminine affection (more on Madeleine's side than Derrick's, although, given the hints, everyone in their group is aware of it). The characters are plentiful, entertaining, and just like the people you would've known, had you grown up in that era. Derrick is not defined by the situations that develop around her as she grows up, reaches adulthood; rather, she is drawn into a character created by herself, by her own will, through her loyalty to her friends and her love for her hometown of Tecumseh (Xenia), Ohio. If you have an interest in feminist books that are probably not on your Women's Studies list, pick this up at a second hand store or online. It's an interesting study of a woman who seeks a career in the 1910's, finds that marriage is not an option for her, and yet contents herself on being "a sitter in the world," quite the opposite of her youthful intentions.
I read ... And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer years ago and quite enjoyed getting the women and their lives, so when I saw this book, I decided to revisit the author's works.First printed in 1925, Herbs and Apples (not sure of the significance of the title), is largely biographical, but still manages to surprise.It is the tale of Derrick Thornton, a young woman coming of age in small town America in the early part of the last century. Derrick has literary aspirations from a young age and she joins other young women in New York where they share their hopes and dreams for the future. Unlike many young women of their day, love, marriage and family don't top their list of future endeavours.I found the story surprisingly philosophic and realized that while times have changed for young women, many of the realities of life haven't.I found the casual racism startling, but believe that that was how things were then. It goes some way to explain some elderly people's views.It was worth immersing myself in an earlier, simpler time.
This is Santmyer's first novel, written in the 1920s, and re-published after the success of ...And Ladies of the Club. This novel in no way approaches how wonderful ALotC is, but you can see the development of Santmyer as a writer from this first novel. I found it interesting that though this book is written from a first-person perspective, the narrator spends most of the novel describing the childhood and life of another character. While I look forward to re-reading ALotC one day, I don't think I'll need to revisit this book at all.
This is actually not that good a book, but I liked it because of the way she wrote about her life, well under cover as one of her characters. There was a reality about what was going on that felt accurate, like being part of her history. Her description of her education or how it felt to be part of the War, seemed the way it would have really been and that was interesting to me.
By the same author as "ladies of the Club", however this book is not nearly as captivating. Once the characters are in college I was became caught up in the characters themselves, however the plot did not keep me interested.
While And Ladies of the Club is her ultimate favorite of mine, I enjoyed exploring all of her writing and liked eveything I read. ALotC though is a five star plus while the tohers I liked well-enough but didn't find thme life-changing or interrupting as CR's gail would have termed it.
One of my top favorite books is "And Ladies of the Club" by Santmyer, so I chose this book hoping for more of the same. "And Ladies..." it is not, but it was worth reading. It was the first novel she wrote and was autobiographical.
Wanted it to be as wonderful as And Ladies of the Club....ummmm, not so much....