The Friendly Persuasion

The Friendly Persuasion

by Jessamyn West


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A quintessential American heroine, Eliza Birdwell is a wonderful blend of would-be austerity, practicality, and gentle humor when it comes to keeping her faith and caring for her family and community. Her husband, Jess, shares Eliza's love of people and peaceful ways but, unlike Eliza, also displays a fondness for a fast horse and a lively tune. With their children, they must negotiate their way through a world that constantly confronts them-sometimes with candor, sometimes with violence-and tests the strength of their beliefs. Whether it's a gift parcel arriving on their doorstep or Confederate soldiers approaching their land, the Birdwells embrace life with emotion, conviction, and a love for one another that seems to conquer all.
The Friendly Persuasion has charmed generations of readers as one of our classic tales of the American Midwest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156029094
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/06/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 361,206
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Jessamyn West (1902-1984) was born in Indiana to Quaker parents and lived most of her life in California. Her work has appeared in Harper's, Mademoiselle, Kenyon Review, the New Yorker, and Redbook, among others. Her other books include The State of Stony Lonesome, Massacre at Fall Creek, and The Collected Stories of Jessamyn West.

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The Friendly Persuasion 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a book filled with excitement, adventure and suspension. It's what every book needs. It is one of the best books I have ever read! Its about the American MidWest! It's a must read book!
jlcarroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To fully enjoy a book like The Friendly Persuasion, you must appreciate stories that delve deeply into characters' thoughts and motivations. West's book is, like early Quakers, quiet and contemplative, examining a close-knit family of Friends around the time of American Civil War. But, don't look for much action here. Instead, come ready to think about honest living, individual peculiarities and death both anticipated and unexpected.
puttsplace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
tale of a Quaker family in Indiana, USA, during the American Civil War. Living in peace with their neighbours of various other Christian sects, the family and each of its members are challenged by the politics and emotions of the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago