Read Rebellion Online Free - A luminous cross-generational story that recalls the works of Jane Smiley and Isabel Allende, this sweeping debut novel tells the stories of four women who dare to challenge the boundaries of their circumscribed lives
It’s 1958, and Hazel’s peaceful world has been upended by the tragic death of her husband. It’s harvest time and with two small children and a farm to manage on her own, this young mother is determined to keep her land and family intact. As she grows closer to the neighboring Hughes family, she realizes the tradeoff for some freedoms is more precious than she expected.
In 1890, we see Hazel’s young mother, Louisa, recently married and relocated to Illinois to what will become her family’s farm. Life in the country is dictated by seasons, so too is Louisa ruled by her “weathers” of good and bad spells. What keeps her grounded is corresponding with her sister, Addie, a Christian missionary in China. The same adventurous spirit that brought Addie to China with her new husband now compels her to leave again. However, with the Boxer Rebellion underway, and violence erupting between Chinese and their unwelcome Christian intruders, Addie’s life takes a mysterious and haunting turn strongly felt by her sister, Louisa, back home.
At the end of the twentieth century, Juanlan returns to her parents’ home in Heng’an after college. With her father falling ill, a new highway being built, and her sister-in-law soon to give birth, Juanlan feels frozen in place, though everyone and everything seems to be rapidly changing. In the search for an outlet for the live wire, a little burning blue coil she feels buried inside, she starts up a love affair with a high-ranking government official.
From rural Illinois to the far reaches of China, these four women are interconnected by actions, consequence, and spirit, each brilliantly displaying the fleeting intensity of youth, the obligation of family, and the dramatic consequence of charting their own destiny. A vibrant story of compassion and discovery set against a century of complicated relations between China and America, Rebellion celebrates those who fight against expectation in pursuit of their own thrilling fate and introduces a rising literary star.
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July 11, 2017
I had a hard time rating this book. There are so many things that I liked about it - exceptional writing in many places, characters who I care about in spite of their flaws and lives that drew me in. I also learned interesting things about China during the Boxer Rebellion and in a more modern day...
August 10, 2017
A distance of time and place, spanning 100 years between the late 1890s to the late 1990s, from the rural American heartland to rural China, REBELLION explores themes of personal rebellion and women with similar passions beyond their circumscribed roles. Molly Patterson brings to life women who r...
May 21, 2017
Four women in four eras are at the center of this book. A Christian missionary, Addie, in China in the years leading up to the Boxer Rebellion; Louisa, Addie’s sister who left a middle class family to homestead in the middle of nowhere; Hazel, Louisa’s granddaughter who is suddenly left a widow w...
February 07, 2017
Beautifully written, immersive, and compelling. The novel weaves together the stories of a missionary in China and her lonely sister back home, a widowed farm wife in the 1950s, and a restless young woman returned to her small Chinese town after college. In their own ways, each of the women makes...
April 11, 2017
When you're reading a book and you're liking it a lot but it's 600 pages and all you can think about is how it better come together because otherwise what's the point and then you get to page 612 and you realize that's all there is and it doesn't hold together and yet it's very readable and 3/4 o...
August 28, 2017
This is a beautiful book--stunningly layered and sensuous, simultaneously sweeping and intimate in its scope, Molly Patterson's Rebellion examines the ways women across culture and time find ways, large and small, to rebel against the roles and expectations that might otherwise box them in. Addie...
September 09, 2017
Loved every minute of reading this novel and didn’t expect to be pulled in and finish it in such a short time. The author brought each of the characters to life with her intricate detail of the time, characters and landscape. I found myself invested in each of the characters and couldn’t help but...
September 16, 2017
As I neared the end of this excellent novel, it occurred to me that Rebellion reads like an Alice Munro short story that slows down and keeps on going, telling and integrating stories that end up as one big beautiful book. Where Munro short fiction has density and intensity, this Molly Patterson...
October 10, 2017
This is a long novel, 500+ pages, but it doesn't feel that way because there are four separate plot lines going on. Two of the plot lines deal with sisters who live in the 1890s: Addie, who marries a missionary and travels to China, and Louisa, who marries a farmer and establishes a family farm i...
September 06, 2017
A captivating story of four women who's lives intersect over two continents spanning 100 years. Well written with beautiful imagery and keen insight into human desires and needs. With great poignancy Molly Patterson brings to life the never-ending conflict between tradition and personal choice.