Paperback, 374 pages
Published March 28th 2013 by Fairlight Press
Genre: Historical fiction
* I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. I love historical fiction that takes me to a place that I don't know a lot about. This book takes you through the Great Depression, a era I have not read much about and tells the story of how one couple survives it.
The End of Bliss follows Edith and Reuben Merkal from 1929 to the summer of 1942 and details all of their fortunes and misfortunes along the way. It is told from both of their points of view which gives the reader a very strong understanding of their character and their emotional frame of mind each step of the way. Dysfunctional does not even begin to describe the relationship between these two.
I'll begin with my thoughts of Edith. I won't lie, I hated her character. She was shallow, superficial, self centred, money hungry not to mention a terrible wife and mother. For a person that came from very little, she quickly forgot her routes. She did very little to redeem herself in my eyes throughout the story.
I was back and forth when it came to Reuben. At first I liked him and then I didn't and then I did again. He wasn't a very good parent in the beginning like his wife but I felt that his character did do some growing with each turn of the page.
What I enjoyed the most was following their journey as things continuously got worse and what they did to survive each time. It was incredible to read about peoples attitudes and how relationships can change by something as simple as your net worth. Without a doubt it was a terrible time.
I don't want to say much more about the story because I hate giving it away. I think fans of historical fiction will really enjoy this book like I did. I am very pleased that I had the opportunity to read it and I'm sure it is one that I will re-read throughout the years.
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