In Prohibition-era New York City, Eunice Ritter, an indomitable ten-year-old girl, finds work in a sweat shop—an industrial laundry—after impairing her older brother with a blow to the head in a sibling tussle. When the diminutive girl first enters the sorting room, she encounters a giant: Gussie, the largest human being she has ever seen.
Gussie, a powerful, hard-working woman, soon becomes Eunice’s mentor and sole friend as she finds herself entrapped in the laundry’s sorting room by the Great Depression, sentenced to bring her low wages home to her alcoholic parents as penance for her childhood mistake. Then, on her sixteenth birthday, Eunice becomes pregnant and her drunken father demands that the culprit marry his daughter, trapping her anew—this time in a loveless marriage, along with a child she never wanted. Within a couple of years, Eunice makes a grave error and settles into a lonely life of drudgery that she views as her own doing. She spends decades in virtual solitude before her secret history is revealed to those from whom she has withheld her love.
The Sorting Room is a dramatic, moving, and memorable novel that will keep readers entertained, captivated, and engrossed from the very first page! Coming of age stories are currently my go-to read so when I read the description of The Sorting Room I was sold and knew that I had to read it as well as review it so that all you lovely readers could read about it! It has been a while since I have been this captivated by a coming of age/women’s story and this is thanks to the exceptional author Michael Rose who managed to delight me effortlessly with his tale that is poignant and incredibly entertaining!
The Sorting Room is a fast-paced and brilliant coming-of-age tale that will whisk its readers away on a journey like no other. The reader in The Sorting Room will be introduced to the protagonist of the novel, Eunice Ritter. Eunice Ritter, just ten years old finds herself working in a sweatshop in the Prohibition era in New York City. It is here that she will meet Gussie, a hardworking and strong woman who will become Eunice’s mentor and help her against the backdrop of the Great Depression and family woes. The reader will stay with Eunice as she grows up and it is when she turns 16 that her life changes forever, as she discovers she is pregnant and her alcoholic father demands she marries the father. What follows is a powerful and moving tale that will show Eunice’s strength to overcome her circumstances and this book lovers is the premise of the wonderful The Sorting Room!
The story of The Sorting Room is excellent and incredibly well-developed thanks to Michael Rose, the author of the book. Rose manages to develop his world with immaculate detail; every event, character, and setting is well thought out and planned, and I was impressed by Rose’s flawless ability to do this. As I read The Sorting Room, I immediately was drawn into the book and felt captivated by Rose’s literature, and this is for many reasons. The main reason is that Rose’s literature is detailed in the most immaculate of ways, the text is detailed but not heavy, it is beautifully written so that the reader will be able to immerse themselves in the story from beginning to end without difficulty.
While reading The Sorting Room, the reader will be able to feel Michael Rose’s pursuit of literary perfection. Rose’s riveting tale keeps the pages turning of their own accord, and it makes for such captivating reading! Rose seamlessly hooks the reader and immediately immerses the reader in his story through his fast-paced writing style, beautifully detailed descriptions, and flawless character integration.
Overall The Sorting Room sends you into a tailspin of an emotionally charged journey packed full of exciting twists and turns that leave you both guessing and wanting more. Once you pick up The Sorting Room, you won’t be able to put it down…I know I couldn’t! Of course, with such a fantastic piece of literature, I have to award The Sorting Room five stars! So please do have a read of the preview below book lovers, you do not want to miss out!
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