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Anna Mueller, a Swiss immigrant, becomes enmeshed in Montana politics and community events from 1908 to 1936 in Becoming. Experience the excitement and sorrows of homesteading, the right for women to vote, WWI, the discovery of oil, the KKK, the Sedition Act, discrimination, farmers' rights, the flu epidemic, mental illness, and death in this Montana saga. With a tender tension between them, Anna learns from her older, adventurous husband how to survive and thrive in a sparsely populated state where resource development, new technologies, and divergent cultural attitudes prevail. Their children set off on their own diverse paths. Not all of them find happiness. Enjoy a stirring account of what once was the way of life in Montana and what becomes of one family.
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Nov 29, 2010What a wonderful story this is! I was intrigued from the first page to the last and I didn't want it to end. I can hardly wait until the next chapter in Anna's life.
Nov 29, 2010BECOMING by Betty Whiting Published 2010 by www.lulu.com; soft cover $20 Book Review by Joan Hurdle “Becoming” is an unusual historical novel of early Montana immigrants, covering a period of time from the fall of 1899 to 1936. More than an ordinary accounting of early rural struggles on the prairie, this sparkling Anna and John Mueller family story speaks intelligently of broad, significant social and political issues. As the novel progresses through the intimate lives of its seemingly real characters, describes their conversations, their thoughts, and their insights, the book becomes a vital story of human development, of the meaning of education, of complicated and growing relationships, of the institution of marriage itself, even of the roots of feminism, as well as the urgency of faith. Anna, the hero of this story, is the original traditional caretaker and peacemaker of her family and community. As she and John raise their family over the years on a large farm cradled within... More > distant sight of three Montana mountain ranges: the Beartooths, Crazies, and the Snowies, Anna and John and their children live and illustrate the human growth of Montana. In a moment of despair one day, Anna says, ”Maybe Montana should be left to the coyotes and bears.” In the beginning, John sees democracy solely as a way for him to work with other men, not women. But later, as his son marries an Indian woman, he finally admits he feels at peace within the warm circle created by Salish Indian traditions prior to the ceremony. The book touches on some of Montana’s dark intolerances, and its xenophobia, as the Mueller family changes and grows with Montana. In times of the first World War, it touches on pacifism, the Sedition Act, militarism, and the Montana love of guns. There is conversation about unions, about the Wobblies. Vivid and touching descriptions of Anna’s feelings regarding the nearby oil field are part of the diversity of thought in “Becoming.” While this novel describes living with the pain and hardships of drastic Montana weather, it also tells of the incredible spiritual redemption of family and community, of people working together. This Montana novel even has a pleasing surprise ending, and it is quite contradictory to Anna‘s earlier sentiments about leaving Montana to the coyotes and bears! “Becoming” is available on lulu.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com Retail price: $20. Locally, it is available at the Good Earth Market in Billings and Prairie Winds Cafe in Molt.< Less
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- Betty Whiting (Standard Copyright License)
- Betty Whiting
- November 2, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.12 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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