The Edge of the Earth

The Edge of the Earth From the author of Drowning Ruth a haunting atmospheric novel set at the closing of the frontier about a young wife who moves to a far flung and forbidding lighthouse where she uncovers a life chang

From the author of Drowning Ruth, a haunting, atmospheric novel set at the closing of the frontier about a young wife who moves to a far flung and forbidding lighthouse where she uncovers a life changing secret Trudy is a polished, college educated young woman from a respectable upper middle class family, and it s only a matter of time before she ll marry Ernst, the son oFrom the author of Drowning Ruth, a haunting, atmospheric novel set at the closing of the frontier about a young wife who moves to a far flung and forbidding lighthouse where she uncovers a life changing secret Trudy is a polished, college educated young woman from a respectable upper middle class family, and it s only a matter of time before she ll marry Ernst, the son of her parents closest friends All should be well in her world, and yet Trudy is restless and desperate for stimulation than 1897 Milwaukee will allow When she falls in love with enigmatic and ambitious Oskar, she believes she s found her escape from the banality of her pre ordained life Alienated from Trudy s family and friends, the couple moves across the country to take a job at a lighthouse in the eerily isolated Point Lucia, California Upon arriving they meet the light station s only inhabitants the Crawleys, a family whose plain appearance is no indication of what lies below the surface It isn t long before Trudy begins to realize that there is going on in this seemingly empty place than she could ever have imagined.Gorgeously detailed, swiftly paced, and anchored in the lush geography of the remote and eternally mesmerizing Big Sur, The Edge of the Earth is a magical and moving story of secrets and self transformation, ruses and rebirths, masterfully told by a celebrated and accomplished author.

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  1. i LOVED this story Had a flight to DC and started it sitting at airport and did NOT want to put it down Beautiful story, takes place in the 1890 s Trudy, raised in a well to do family in Milwaukee, her life pretty well planned out, marriage and family suddenly falls for the brother of her fiance and even suddenly, finds herself traveling across the country to the coast of California, current day Big Sur to be the wife of a lighthouse keeper Remote is not even the word to describe where she ends [...]

  2. The Edge of the Earth is a difficult read At no point is it swiftly paced to keep you interested or riveted It plods along in a greyness with very little vibrancy It does not elicit any real emotion from the reader until well past the 200 page mark.Understanding when the novel takes place is important to the development of the characters and story Trudy is likeable enough Unhappy at home, uncertain of her choices later on She relies on her infallible husband and stands behind his increasingly di [...]

  3. Anyone that knows my preferences in reading material would never dare suggest this book as one for me to read.Sometimes the bad decisions we make, lead to discoveries we didn t know about ourselves.Trudy is a young well educated lady living in Wisconsin in 1898.Her life is pretty well pre planed in that she will be marying her lifetime friend Ernst in a double wedding with her best friend and she ll live happily ever after However when Ernst s brother Oskar returns from a long absence and starts [...]

  4. I have been a fan of Christina Schwarz since reading Drowning Ruth, so I was excited to receive an Advance Reader s Copy of her upcoming novel, The Edge of the Earth Ms Schwarz has a flair for her vivid descriptions of her novel s locations in this case a remote lighthouse on the California Pacific coast in the late 1890 s There, young newlywed Trudy Swann, who gave up a pampered and privledged life in Wisconsin to follow her husband west, learns unexpected truths about herself, her husband and [...]

  5. The perfect book for a rainy weekend Semi isolation on a rocky lighthouse island with a few strange residents Lots of foggy atmosphere Brilliantly written Characters that are as deep as the surrounding ocean I LOVE this book This was my first introduction to Christina Schwarz and now I want to read everything else she s written.

  6. It is 1898 and Trudy is a well educated young woman living with her parents in Milwaukee, having some doubts about her long time planned future Engaged to be married to Ernst Dettweiler after her graduation from Milwaukee College, her life is set up to be one of the ease, comfort, and predictability that mirrors her parents lives She wonders if there isn t something exciting, meaningful, and when she meets Oskar Swann, she falls in love with the man who she believes can give her the adventure [...]

  7. Eyiyiyiyi At first I thought I was going to throw this over the railing of the ship myself The switching back and forth in time was making me sea sick The wimpyness of Trudy made me want to throttle her But then I realized that she just did not know how to make good choices neither did Oskar, he just wanted to show off Oskar was an idiot She just couldn t see it Neither could anyone else He wanted fame and fortune but had no way of obtaining it He was going to get it at any expense Trudy loved t [...]

  8. Secrets and secrets.I liked this book very much I loved the way the book opened with the youngest daughter, Jane, narrating the chapter It was soft and appealing and served as a great springboard into the story of Trudy Trudy s story kept me very interested throughout the entire book As a reader, you know the author is leading into many secrets but she doesn t disclose them until she is ready I totally disliked Trudy s husband and wanted to shake her to wake her up so she could see her husband [...]

  9. In The Edge of the Earth, Christina Schwarz weaves a story around a remote island off the west coast in the very late 1800s The inhabitants of the island are few but they are all connected Even though there are very few people on the island, there is still an unknown entity there I really enjoyed this fantastic historical fiction story.This book is very much a character driven story I enjoyed reading about the characters even if I didn t like all of them I really liked the main character, Trudy [...]

  10. Finished at beach, June 24, 13 Christina Schwarz s The Edge of the Earth.Powerful story of a young woman s effort to break the mold of convention in early 20th century, to make an adventurous new life for herself by first attaching herself to an intellectually and emotionally compelling inventor This marriage leads her to a life tending for a lighthouse lamp with a strange family with four children, the brother of the wife and a woman living in the cave beyond the edge of the earth The setting b [...]

  11. Beautifully written, fast paced, holds reader s attention from beginning to end The descriptions of the geography are so detailed I could feel the mist of the fog and ocean on my face The writing drew me in and the character development caused me to care and become emotionally attached to them The mystery surrounding the lighthouse, the only family there with the couple who move there to be alone This is a great book for everyone and great for reading group discussions.Don t read the jacket of t [...]

  12. I read this fast and found it entertaining, but ultimately disappointing The whirlwind romance that takes Trudy off to a new life wasn t believable, and in fact I found the husband completely unlikeable from beginning to end All the plot twists were pretty heavily telegraphed, and the ending was far too convenient However, the moody, otherworldly setting isolated lighthouse, wild sea, craggy mountains was really well described, and I couldn t help pulling for Trudy to create a satisfying life fo [...]

  13. 2 is a bit harsh but I really found this book irritating The heroine is annoying and her husband is worse And then there s the lighthouse problemis is the second lighthouse book of the season The Light Between Oceans being the first and it s just one too many I get that it s bleak and isolated and weather beaten but I need some story to go with it all This picks up toward the end but by then I was in such a hurry to be done with these people that I didn t care.

  14. I ve visited numerous lighthouses over the years and, while exploring the light towers and the residences, always wonder what it was like to serve as keeper Christina Schwartz gives us a beautifully crafted, finely textured story of discovery that allows us to fully enter that world Bookended by a provocative prologue and epilogue, we follow Trudy Swann as she sheds an all too predictable life of comfort in Wisconsin to inhabit stark, lonely Point Lucia that has seemingly little to offer than h [...]

  15. From a privileged childhood home to a home in a lighthouse Quite a change from what Trudy was used to, but she loved her husband even though her parents didn t approve of her choice of her spouse Trudy didn t see her husband as being the person he really was until later in their marriage, but she was in love and no one could tell her otherwise The lighthouse was isolated, and the life was lonely for her The only company she had were the Crawley s four children whom she taught and Mr And Mrs Crow [...]

  16. I won this novel via the First Reads giveaway from and truly appreciate the opportunity to have read The Edge of the Earth This is the second novel that I have read of Christina Schwarz, being a huge fan of Drowning Ruth with fond memories of that novel which remain with me to this day The Edge of the Earth takes us into a rare glimpse of what it would be like to be members living in a lighthouse community and the struggles and freedoms that they endured The author describes the scenery of the l [...]

  17. I picked this up on a daily deal because it sounded intriguing I generally enjoy books about lighthouses But I wasn t dying to read it or anything I just thought well, this will go nicely with my tsundoku problem and so I bought it Then last night, burned out on my usual reading fare I decided to read the first few pages of this book to see if it suited my mood.I didn t stop reading until I finished it three and a half hours later.I ll be honest and say that I ve read better books certain narrat [...]

  18. Trudy had a sheltered and loving childhood in Wisconsin, her life planned out for her from an early age She would finish college then marry her childhood sweetheart Ernst As the date for graduation nears she feels stifled, longing for something different makes her vulnerable to Ernst s cousin Oskar She abandons her pre ordained, safe life for adventure with Oskar Trudy is hopelessly young, sheltered and na ve Life with Oskar will be different than her placid childhood, but perhaps not in the way [...]

  19. As I finish this novel, I think I want to cry Yet, for sorrow or for joy, I know not which.Each and every character in this novel is as powerful and as transforming as the next Powerful and transforming, THE EDGED OF THE EARTH held me captivated from prologue to epilogue, right on through the acknowledgements.A tale of love, curiosity, self determination, and independence yet along the way are moments of fear, ignorance, peer pressure, and social dependence.Not quite historical fiction , this no [...]

  20. Trudy lives a very boring and staid life in Wisconsin She is set to marry Ernst when she meets Oskar and is drawn to him She decides to marry Oskar instead of Ernst because Oskar has some mystery about him She goes off with him to a lighthouse in California where he is to work There she finds some surprises both lovely and mysterious Oskar is not who she thinks he is and she is disappointed in her marriage.On the island is another family with children and Trudy becomes their teacher She teaches [...]

  21. Rate 5 5 This was an incredibly good book I loved the author s first book Drowning Ruth but this was even better In 1898 a young woman living a comfortable and well appointed life leaves the comfort of her life and family to for a love that takes her to the edge of the earth a remote lighthouse on the west coast of California This was a very character driven story, which I like I will always love the main character Trudy, for her strength and tenacity I did not care for the husband that she marr [...]

  22. I have just finished this wonderful book It grabbed me from the first and I had read it when ever I had a free moment The story continues to unfold and engross you till you can t stop reading because you can t wait to see where Christina is going to take you next You think you know but Oh no you don t I enjoyed everything about this book I especially loved the way she brought the entire story together at the end A very satisfying read

  23. Gertrudes Weg schien vorgezeichnet die Tochter deutscher Einwanderer wuchs beh tet in Wisconsin auf, besuchte eine gute M dchenschule, und jeder dachte, sie w rde eines Tages einen bestimmten netten Jungen heiraten Doch dann begegnet sie Oskar wieder, der von einem kr nklichen Kind zu einem attraktiven Mann herangewachsen ist Er ist begeistert von den vielen neuen technischen Errungenschaften, die das ausgehende 19 Jahrhundert pr gen, und w nscht sich nichts mehr, als einen funktionierenden Elek [...]

  24. The Edge of the Earth is bookended by the visit in 1977 of Jane Crawley, now in her 80s, to the Point Lucia Light Station where she grew up This is Jane s first trip home since she left at age 19 I eagerly anticipated the ensuing story.First a bit about the setting, which for me turned out to be absorbing than the narrative Situated 150 miles south of San Francisco, Point Lucia was erected in 1890 on a promontory 360 feet above the Pacific Ocean The point is surrounded on three sides by the San [...]

  25. The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz, published by Atria Books.Category Fiction Literature Publication Date April 02, 2013Sometimes it takes me awhile to read some very good books and this is one of those times The Edge of the Earth is a remote lighthouse in California Well, let us start at the beginning Trudy lives with her well to do parents in Milwaukee and seems destined to wed a young man who fits the mold of everyone s expectations Trudy follows her heart and marries Oskar, a young m [...]

  26. Little House on the Prairie moves to a remote lighthouse station on the California coastline and melds with Darwin s Origin of Species A good storyline meshed with good old fashioned hands on marine biology.This very readable book introduces us to Trudy, a young woman who is bouncing up against societal expectations in her comfortable Milwaukee home in the waning hours of the 19th century To everyone s surprise, she chooses to leave her well scripted future and marry and run off with a dreamer w [...]

  27. I wish I could give the book 3.5 stars, because although I wouldn t say I really liked it, there is something about that makes me keep thinking about it So the book is about a young woman who becomes a lighthouse keeper with her new husband, and what happens to them in their remote outpost It takes place in the early twentieth century and has some good historical aspects So what kind of story is it It is a coming of age story in the sense that the main character, Trudy Swann, changes from a spoi [...]

  28. This is a really well written story about a woman who longs for something different in her life so she sets herself on a course totally different from the one planned for her by her family Trudy falls in love with Oskar and leaved her friends and family behind to follow him to a remote area in California where Oskar is to take care of a lighthouse There Trudy meets the Crawley family and begins a complicated relationship with them Though she does at times regret her decision to leave her home sh [...]

  29. Trudy is very smart and has a bright future ahead of her Her family can almost hear the wedding bells ringing for Trudy There is just one problem They did not expect Trudy to fall for a guy like Oskar Trudy and Oskar move away and accept a job at a lighthouse Trudy becomes a teacher to the Crawley children The other family that lives at the lighthouse Whereas Oskar is fascinated by his inventions and electricity Oskar finds a cave and a mysterious woman living in it He finds her intriguing What [...]

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