For once in her life, Louise wants to be the special one. But in order to do that, she must first figure out who she is . . . and find a way to make a place for herself outside her sister's shadow.
A couple weeks ago I stumbled on this list and figured I'd dive right in with the selection for Maryland, the state where I live.*
I can't say I necessarily agree with every entry, but it's a very intriguing idea. This particular book has universal themes but is also firmly grounded in the Mid-Atlantic. It takes place on a fictional but representative island on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, mostly during World War II. I learned a lot about the life of a waterman, as well as the particular deprivations of enduring harsh storms and wartime rationing on a small island where everyone is dependent on the Bay's well-being. Louise is sometimes a bit of a brat, but ultimately I found her to be an interesting character both in and out of her sister's shadow. This was a quick read and an engaging story.
*Astute readers will notice that the list contains 53 entries, while the US has only 50 states. That's because of the addition of DC (not a state in its own right but certainly a separate jurisdiction) and the splitting of both California (northern and southern) and New York (City and State). Some of the commenters seemed a bit bothered by this, but I don't have a problem with it. That just means more books to read! That being said, if anyone has an idea for a corresponding book to represent Puerto Rico, I'd be interested to know about it.