Thursday, July 3, 2008
Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill
"On a crystalline, perfectly blue morning in June, after a day of angry pewter skies and of sheeting, driving rain, we enter our story."
"A dangerous rescue attempt in Michigan has captured the attention of the entire country. A two-year-old girl has fallen down a mine shaft. Ursula Wong is from a poor family and referred to by one member of the TV audience as 'half-breed trailer trash', not worth all the expense.
But Ursula is the last of her family line, and her story explodes into a gorgeous saga of culture, history and heredity. Ursula's forebears include a second-century-BC Chinese alchemist; an orphaned consort to a Swedish queen; and her great-great-grandfather, Jake Maki, a miner who died in a cave-in aged twenty-nine.
Ursula's fate echoes those of her ancestors, many of whom so narrowly escaped not being born that any individual's life comes to seem a miracle." -- from the back cover
I still think about this book from time to time, as that's how good it was. Ingrid Hill skillfully weaves together the stories of Ursula's very disparate ancestors who faced difficulties and challenges with courage, humor and sometimes sheer luck.
Date read: 6/17/2008
Book #: 36
Rating: 4*/5 = great
# of Pages: 476
Binding: Trade Paperback