Friday, March 05, 2010
Chloe by Lyn Cote began in Tidewater, Baltimore during 1917. Soon I would end up in Washington, New York and Paris. Chloe is truly a Family Saga. I am amazed by the way Lyn Cote wrote so much information about the time, the place and the people in this small book. The book is fantastic.
Chloe is the main character. Although, she is part of the "Lost Generation," she remains strong. She is a woman who loves the people in her life so much that it isn't possible to let go. Chloe gives, waits patiently to give more until it is hopeless to try again. All of the people in her life, Minnie her maid, Theran, her husband, Roarke, a very close friend, his sister, Kitty, Drake Lovelady, another man friend, her parents, Jamie, an orphan, and Bette, Chloe's little girl are a living photo of the "Lost Generation." Meaning each one becomes loss to themselves because of one reason or another reason during the war days. All that was flashy and golden and gay are gone.
By the way Lyn Cote writes at great length about the race problem: the days of rioting in New York, lynchings and the days of Jim Crow. Cote writes without shying away about difficulties faced by the Negro race at this time. I will always remember Minnie. Minnie is a lady who dreams big. She is wonderful, the best.
While reading "Chloe," I thought about the wars we have come through since 1917 and the wars we are living through today. There is a hopeless feeling that hangs over people during war and poor economic times. However, the people with strong faith, strong character do not give up. Their light, their ability to keep pulling themselves up gives other men, women and children the strength to stand up again and again and again because the beauty of life is able to conquer any ugly feature of war. Chloe by Lyn Cote is about survival, carrying on and giving your best shot. Who knows what is just around the corner to make you love again, feel again and laugh again? It is not all over until it is over. Never give up.
Chloe is Book One. I am excited to read Book Two, Bette.