Addie has been hiding for half her life. After an act that could have landed her in prison, she found refuge in the Sleepy Valley Nudist Colony. Now, they're participation in the San Diego World's Fair means returning to the scene of Addie's crime and possible confrontation with the family she left behind, something Addie's hoped to avoid ever since leaving.
But it's not like her sister has ever expressed any interest in staying in touch. All of Addie's letters to her have returned unopened in the years she's been at Sleepy Valley. And it's true that Addie's sister still has no intention to reunite. Instead it's Addie's niece Rumor who seeks out the aunt she's never met, determined to bring her family together once again.
Addie's crime isn't that big of a reveal, in fact (and many others on the tour have pointed it out) the secrets are quite easy to see coming. But that doesn't detract from the story one bit. It's the relationships between the women that are the focus of this tale, and it's those relationships that make the book shine!
Young Addie is full of such hope when she leaves the orphanage to join her sister in California. I hated to see her suffer. I hated to see the bond between the sisters break. But Addie's strength throughout is so admirable. Her niece Rumor, our second narrator, has an equally wonderful vibrancy and voice.
Whistling Women was by no means an easy read. The subject matter is a tough one and seeing characters you've come to like and sympathize with suffer through such things is hard. It's a testament to Romo's writing, though, that she's able to create characters that do grab you so firmly from the start! And of course a large part of the story is the healing that comes (or will come) from the relationships and family that help you through such tough times.
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