Item description for The Swan House (The Swan House Series #1) by Elizabeth Musser...
Overview In the segregated South of the early 1960s, Mary Swan Middleton tries to cope with her grief over a family tragedy by reaching out to Atlanta's poor and meets Carl, who is her opposite in every way but helps her to see beyond her privileged life.
Publishers Description Mary Swan Middleton has always taken for granted the advantages of her family's wealth. But a tragedy that touches all of Atlanta sends her reeling in grief. When the family maid challenges her to reach out to the less fortunate as a way to ease her own pain, Mary Swan meets Carl--and everything changes. For although Carl is her opposite in nearly every way, he has something her privileged life could not give her. And when she seeks his help to uncover a mystery, she learns far more than she ever could have imagined.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Swan House (The Swan House Series #1) by Elizabeth Musser has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
School Library Journal - 03/01/2002 page 260
Publishers Weekly - 06/04/2001 page 53
Booklist - 06/01/2001 page 1844
CBA Retailers - 08/01/2001 page 68
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.15" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2001
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764225081 ISBN13 9780764225086
Availability 0 units.
More About Elizabeth Musser
Elizabeth Goldsmith Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, attended the Westminster Schools and then received her B.A. in English and French from Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. Though passionate about writing since childhood, Elizabeth's first book was not published until 1996. Two Crosses was the first of a trilogy set during both the Algerian War for independence from France (1957-1962) and the present day civil war in Algeria. Her work has since been translated into Dutch, French, and German. Since 1989, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have lived in Montpellier, France, where Paul serves on the pastoral team of a small Protestant church. The Mussers have two sons, Andrew and Christopher.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Swan House (The Swan House Series #1)?
Great summer read!! Aug 25, 2005
I couldn't put this book down. I loved the main character. Having grown up in Atlanta in the same time frame, I could relate to so much in this novel.
Great Book!! May 9, 2005
I absolutely loved this book. I could relate to all of the characters. It is a book that I will keep on my bookshelf forever!! I laughed and cried! I cannot wait to read The Dwelling Place.
A Well Written Book Nov 17, 2003
The Swan House was about a young girl, Mary Swan, who lost her mother in the tragic Orly plane crash. This book shows how Mary Swan struggles with her loss, when her family maid suggests volunteering at a church, serving meals to the poor and homeless. During that time, she meets two people who change her life: a black boy named Carl and a kind woman named Abigail, who leads her to Christ. In the meantime, she is asked to solve a mystery for her school, where she learns more about her mother and about herself than what she has bargained for.
I loved the character development in this book. The author did a great job describing the characters and what made them the way they are: how Mary Swan's mother suffered from depression due to issues from her past, Carl's family background, and how Abigail came to serve at the church in the inner city.
This books was clearly well researched. I traveled to Atlanta once for work, and it was so interesting hearing about the various sites in that city. I loved the history of Coca-Cola. It was also clear that race relations in the 60's in the south were well-researched and well-depicted, as well as the plane crash. I also thought that the author did a great job with presenting mental illness, that depression is not something really terrible, but something that there is no shame getting help for.
The author also described several lessons very well. She described that black and white people can and should be friends with one another, and that the truth shall set you free. I loved the Raven/Swan symbolism (ie. the black and white races, life and death, etc). I really loved how Mary Swan's mother described church--as a place where one should be able to be him/herself and not have to paint a happy face all the time.
I did feel that some of the dialogue was a little lengthy. There was some confusion over Mary Swan's gifts--was she a poet or an artist? The book leads you to think initially that she was a writer, then midway, shows that she paints. Also, it would have been interesting to see what happened to the characters. Obviously, Mary Swan does have a daughter, but did she marry Robbie? What happened to Carl, Miss Abigail, and her brother? How far did Trixie and her dad get in their new relationship?
All in all, this was a great book and well worth your money.
Great book. Jul 15, 2003
I don't know where these folks get off nit-picking this book. It is a wonderful story, well-written, and clearly involves faith. Read and enjoy. I have met the author. This is a wonderful piece of historical, Christian fiction. If that's not your genre, then read something else.
The Swan House Jan 31, 2003
This book is the most touching story I have read in quite some time. I fell in love with the characters! The book addresses the issues of racism and religion in a beautiful way. I cried several times and was so sad when I finished the last page. Don't miss this terrific story.