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ARC Review: The Divorce Colony

The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier by April White April White’s The Divorce Colony is set during the Gilded Age, in the America of the late 1800s. It revolves around the lax divorce rules then to be found in South Dakota.  Today, getting divorced is almost easier than getting married. But in the Gilded Age, divorces were not so easy to obtain. Divorce was viewed as a moral concern for the state, and was denounced from the pulpit for threatening the sanctity of marriage. Even President Theodore Roosevelt spoke out against it.  Laws around divorce tended to be most lax on the frontiers of the United States. By the 1880s the territory of Dakota gained the dubious honor of posting the largest rise in divorces in the country. At the turn of the century one city - Sioux Falls, South Dakota - gained a reputation for having the laxest divorce laws of all, and required only a three month residency in order to take advantage of them

Review: And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017

And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017
by Ron Riekki
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And Here is an excellent anthology of of "poems, stories, essays and oddments" by Upper Peninsula connected writers. This collection is arranged chronologically and spans 100 years of writing from 1917 to 2017. While this is an excellent collection regardless of your background, these stories will especially resonate with anyone from Michigan's UP or with a connection to it.

My favorites from this collection were the short stories "What My Father Told Me" by Michael Delp, and "Marquette" by Justin Machnik, and the poem "A Daughter-in-Law Watches the Old Man Hesitate" by Elinor Benedict. The excerpt from the book "Ursula, Under" was especially gripping.

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