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Reliance, Illinois

Mary Volmer

Reliance, Illinois tells the story of a young woman faced with choices that will alter the course of her own future, and offers a brilliant window into American life during a period of tumultuous change. Illinois, 1874: With a birthmark covering half her face, thirteen-year-old Madelyn Branch is accustomed to cold and awkward greetings, and expects no less in the struggling town of Reliance. After all, her mother, Rebecca, was careful not to mention a daughter in the Matrimonial Times ad that brought them there. When Rebecca weds, Madelyn poses as her mother's younger sister and earns a grudging berth in her new house. Deeply injured by her mother's deceptions, Madelyn soon leaves to enter the service of Miss Rose Werner, prodigal daughter of the town's founder. Miss Rose is a suffragette and purveyor of black market birth control who sees in Madelyn a project and potential acolyte. Madelyn, though, wants to feel beautiful and loved, and she pins her hopes on William Stark, a young photographer and haunted Civil War veteran. Reliance, Illinois tells the story of a young woman faced with choices that will alter the course of her own future, and offers a brilliant window into American life during a period of tumultuous change.

Reliance, Illinois tells the story of a young woman faced with choices that will alter the course of her own future, and offers a brilliant window into American life during a period of tumultuous change. Illinois, 1874: With a birthmark covering half her face, thirteen-year-old Madelyn Branch is accustomed to cold and awkward greetings, and expects no less in the struggling town of Reliance. After all, her mother, Rebecca, was careful not to mention a daughter in the Matrimonial Times ad that brought them there. When Rebecca weds, Madelyn poses as her mother's younger sister and earns a grudging berth in her new house. Deeply injured by her mother's deceptions, Madelyn soon leaves to enter the service of Miss Rose Werner, prodigal daughter of the town's founder. Miss Rose is a suffragette and purveyor of black market birth control who sees in Madelyn a project and potential acolyte. Madelyn, though, wants to feel beautiful and loved, and she pins her hopes on William Stark, a young photographer and haunted Civil War veteran. Reliance, Illinois tells the story of a young woman faced with choices that will alter the course of her own future, and offers a brilliant window into American life during a period of tumultuous change.
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Reliance, Illinois tells the story of a young woman faced with choices that will alter the course of her own future, and offers a brilliant window into American life during a period of tumultuous change. Illinois, 1874: With a birthmark covering half her face, thirteen-year-old Madelyn Branch is accustomed to cold and awkward greetings, and expects no less in the struggling town of Reliance. After all, her mother, Rebecca, was careful not to mention a daughter in the Matrimonial Times ad that brought them there. When Rebecca weds, Madelyn poses as her mother's younger sister and earns a grudging berth in her new house. Deeply injured by her mother's deceptions, Madelyn soon leaves to enter the service of Miss Rose Werner, prodigal daughter of the town's founder. Miss Rose is a suffragette and purveyor of black market birth control who sees in Madelyn a project and potential acolyte. Madelyn, though, wants to feel beautiful and loved, and she pins her hopes on William Stark, a young photographer and haunted Civil War veteran. Reliance, Illinois tells the story of a young woman faced with choices that will alter the course of her own future, and offers a brilliant window into American life during a period of tumultuous change.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sandy Rustin

Length:

11h 14m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

27:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

27:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

18:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

19:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

26:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

20:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

15:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:31