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The Mandrake Root

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Title:The Mandrake Root
Ostenso, Martha   
(14 of 28 for author by title)
Milk Route
A Man Had Tall Sons
Published:   1938
Publisher:Dodd, Mead & Company
Tags:fiction, romance

Lydie and Andrew Clarence rent out their orchard house to Eric Stene, the grandson of, Doctor Edvard who lived in the orchard house many years ago. Eric finds his grandfather's journals and decides to compile them into a book. When Eric falls in love with Lydie, he struggles between his desire for a married woman and his respect and friendship for her husband.

Tragedy, betrayal and high emotion abound in this romance.--Jen Haines. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:207 Info

Author Bio for Ostenso, Martha

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Martha Ostenso (1900-1963) was an American author and screenwriter. Born in Norway, her family emigrated to Manitoba, but eventually settled in the U.S. Midwest. She studied at the University of Manitoba where she met another author, Douglas Durkin whom she married in 1945. They moved to New York where she continued her studies at Columbia University. Ostenso is best known for her critically acclaimed first novel, "Wild Geese". The book is set in rural Manitoba and is known as a landmark work in the new field of literary 'realism'. She adapted the book into a movie which was released in 1927. Ostenso published about a dozen more novels but none achieved as much notoriety as her debut work. (Canadian Encyclopedia, Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)

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