A MENDING AT THE EDGE
ISBN# (10) 1-57856-979-3/(13) 978-1-57856-979-3
April 15, 2008
Waterbrook Press/A Division of Random House
12265 Oracle Blvd, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Rating: 3 cups
Emma Wagner Giesy is a woman of German descent who goes to Aurora in the Oregon Territory to help found a commune there. She has left her second husband and brought all her children with her in an effort to get away from his brutality. She no longer trusts him in any way, and while she will not seek a divorce for fear he would get custody of her children, she does not want to live with him anymore.
Jack Giesy is Emma’s second husband and a brutal man. He wants Emma to come back to him, but he is unwilling to change his ways in order to get her to do so. He shares the belief of many men in the 1850’s that women are merely property and are good for cooking, cleaning, and rearing children respectively.
When Jack shows up in Aurora, Emma is afraid, and keeps both herself and her children as far from him as possible. She is terrified he will hurt one of them again, or do something else to make her life miserable. All she wants is to be rid of him for good. Jack finally leaves and goes back to the farm that should have been for her sons from their father, her first husband, and which Jack gained by marrying her. However, he makes a point of telling her that any money she makes is his before he leaves, rattled that she has earned a bit of money from one of her paintings. However, all is not peachy once he is gone, while the leader of the commune has promised to build her a house, it is a long time before this is done. Then in another blow to her this same leader decides her sons will live in the men’s quarters and be raised by a male relative rather than her. Still in spite of this, she perseveres and uses her home to help others.
A Mending at the Edge takes place during an interesting part of history. I grew up in Oregon and had heard a bit about this commune in Aurora before and it was interesting to read it from a woman’s perspective who was actually there. The author clearly did her research for this book before even beginning to write it. She did a fantastic job of putting herself in Emma’s shoes and thus allowing the readers to put themselves into her shoes. A delightful book full of drama, and about a woman who was ahead of her times.
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