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In "November" by Helen Hunt Jackson, readers are taken on a journey through the beauty and tragedy of life in the American West during the late 1800s. Set against the backdrop of the changing seasons, the novel follows the story of a young woman named Clare, who is involuntarily married off to an older man by her father.

As Clare navigates the challenges of her new life on a ranch in Colorado, she encounters love, loss, and the harsh realities of the land she now calls home. Jackson's vivid descriptions of the landscape and the characters' inner struggles bring the story to life, painting a poignant picture of the hardships faced by pioneers in this era.

While the novel may be slow-paced at times, the emotional depth and complexity of the characters make it a compelling read. Jackson's lyrical prose captures the essence of the Western frontier, and her exploration of themes such as identity, family, and resilience will resonate with readers long after they have finished the book.

Overall, "November" is a beautifully written tale that offers a glimpse into a bygone era and a reminder of the enduring power of the human spirit. Fans of historical fiction and stories of personal growth will find much to love in this captivating novel.

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Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, born Helen Fiske was an American poet and writer who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government. She described the adverse effects of government actions in her history A Century of Dishonor (1881). Her novel Ramona* (1884) dramatized the federal government's mistreatment of Native Americans in Southern California after the Mexican–American War and attracted considerable attention to her cause. Commercially popular, it was estimated to have been reprinted 300 times and most readers liked its romantic and picturesque qualities rather than its political content. The novel was so popular that it attracted many tourists to Southern California who wanted to see places from the book. (Wikipedia) * LibriVox has two versions of Ramona in the catalog.

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