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The Whistling Season

Doig, Ivan

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Whistling Season
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Hired as a housekeeper to work on the early 1900s Montana homestead of widower Oliver Milliron, the irreverent Rose and her brother, Morris, endeavor to educate the widower's sons while witnessing local efforts on a massive irrigation project.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2007, c2006
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
ISBN: 0156031647
9780156031646
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOIG 2007
Characteristics: 345 p. ;,21 cm

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Hired as a housekeeper to work on the early 1900s Montana homestead of widower Oliver Milliron, the irreverent Rose and her brother, Morris, endeavor to educate the widower's sons while witnessing local efforts on a massive irrigation project.

Hired as a housekeeper to work on the early 1900s Montana homestead of widower Oliver Milliron, the irreverent Rose and her brother, Morris, endeavor to educate the widower's sons while witnessing local efforts on a massive irrigation project.


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I have read many of Ivan Doig's books and this one was no disappointment. He is an amazing storyteller and the way he crafts his stories is lovely. This is not a book that you can't put down, but rather one that draws you in, invites you to sit down and enjoy the story, the language and the characters. What a treasure Ivan Doig is.

Aug 23, 2012
  • kamccrory rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was my first Ivan Doig book. It was a nice clean read with nothing really dark or ominous. It was refreshing. I will certainly read more of his books.

Dec 16, 2010
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While many sayings come to mind when you think of this title, one sticks in my mind most clearly: whistling girls and cackling hens both come to bad ends. When Paul's mother dies his family start to come apart at the seams. What they need, Paul's dad decides, is a housekeeper. So he answers a newspaper ad and Rose, a great whistler, comes to Montana to straighten things up. The only thing is she can't cook and she has brought her brother with her! What starts out as a great misfortune becomes a great friendship. Paul and his brothers find a great friend and teacher in the well spoken and well read Morrie. But it is Paul who is suspicious of Morrie's past and as he sniffs it out he comes closer to the truth that might break up his family in the end. Meanwhile, a much older Paul must make a decision about the country schools that he loves so much. Well drawn schoolyard exploits as well as the characters that inhabit this book make this a book that you will want to take your time reading.

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Mar 10, 2011
  • leekaiken rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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