Thirsty: A Novel

Thirsty A Novel It is and all of Klara Bozic s girlish dreams have come crashing down as she arrives in Thirsty a gritty steel town carved into the slopes above the Monongahela River just outside of Pittsburgh

  • Title: Thirsty: A Novel
  • Author: Kristin Bair O'Keeffe
  • ISBN: 9780804011235
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It is 1883, and all of Klara Bozic s girlish dreams have come crashing down as she arrives in Thirsty, a gritty steel town carved into the slopes above the Monongahela River just outside of Pittsburgh She has made a heartbreaking discovery Her new husband Drago is as abusive as the father she left behind in Croatia.In Kristin Bair O Keeffe s debut novel, Klara s life unfIt is 1883, and all of Klara Bozic s girlish dreams have come crashing down as she arrives in Thirsty, a gritty steel town carved into the slopes above the Monongahela River just outside of Pittsburgh She has made a heartbreaking discovery Her new husband Drago is as abusive as the father she left behind in Croatia.In Kristin Bair O Keeffe s debut novel, Klara s life unfolds over forty years as she struggles to find her place in a new country where her survival depends on the friends who nurture her gutsy, funny Katherine Zupanovic, who isn t afraid of Drago s fist BenJo, the only black man in Thirsty to have his own shop and strangely enough, Old Man Rupert, the town drunk.Thirsty follows a chain of unlikely events that keep Klara s spirit aloft a flock of angelic butterflies descends on Thirsty Klara gives birth to her first child in Old Man Rupert s pumpkin patch and BenJo gives her a talking bird When Klara s daughter marries a man even brutal than Drago, Klara is forced to act If she doesn t finally break the cycle of violence in her family, her granddaughters will one day walk the same road, broken and bruised As the threads that hold her family together fray and come undone, Klara has to decide if she has the courage to carve out a peaceful spot in the world for herself and her girls.
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    • Christie says:

      Kristin Bair O’Keeffe’s debut novel, Thirsty, professes to be a novel about domestic abuse, its horrible legacy and one woman’s struggle to get out from under its damaging fist.The novel opens in Croatia in 1883: “In the beginning, Drago smelled of dirt and bloom, the odor that would rise if you peeled the earth back at its seams.”Klara is just 16 when Drago arrives on her doorstep. Her mother is dead; her father is mean; she’s responsible for looking after five younger siblings and [...]

    • Nancy says:

      While I truly enjoyed reading the first half of this very short novel, it all went downhill from about the mid-point. The opening of this novel presents a girl of 16, who grabs hopefully at the opportunity, presented by a stranger man at her door, to escape her limited existence spent caring for her younger siblings in a small Croatian village. Klara Bozic emigrates to a steel town on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, only to find she is stuck in a bleak landscape with an abusive husband. The author [...]

    • Christina Katz says:

      A debut novel that is artfully told and full of literary surprises, Kristin Bair O’Keeffe’s Thirsty tackles oppression at the turn of the twentieth century without wincing. . . . Stark, poetic, and brimming with hope, Thirsty glimpses the uncomfortable truth about what it means to house a battered heart and live a life shackled by seemingly insurmountable circumstances.

    • Shellie (Layers of Thought) says:

      The original version of this review is linked at Layers of Thought.This is a historical fiction novel with a theme revolving around faith and domestic violence.About Thirsty: The setting is the late 1800’s. Klara is a young Croatian woman whom meets her would be husband on the front door step or her father’s home. At once the two are linked. A chemistry of sorts, which is much deeper than it seems.Driven by their intense attraction, and as a way to leave her abusive father’s home and the c [...]

    • Jacki (Julia Flyte) says:

      This is the story of a woman named Klara Bozic. The book starts in 1883 when Klara marries Drago and together they move from Croatia to Pennsylvania, settling in a town nicknamed "Thirsty" by the locals. Klara has visions of a pretty house surrounded by green meadows and flowering orchards, but Thirsty is a dismal steel mill town with filled with a putrid yellow smoke and the stench of rotten eggs. The men work in the steel mill: a brutal place with a high death rate. Her marriage is also a disa [...]

    • Heather says:

      Thirsty follows the life of Klara Bozic as she immigrates to a small town, Thirsty, from her home in Croatia. The story evolves over 40 years of her life. She meets her husband, Drago, and he seems like the dream of every young girl – until they get to America. Once there, he becomes abusive toward Klara and the façade crumbles. As the cycle begins to repeat for her daughter, Sky, Klara knows that something has to be done. This book spans the time period from 1883 to 1919. The steel boom is u [...]

    • Jennifer (JC-S) says:

      ‘You are home, lady. This is your home now. There is no going back.’It is 1883, and all of Klara Bozic’s dreams are shattered when she arrives in Thirsty, a small steel town just outside Pittsburgh. Klara though that she was escaping from abuse when she left her father in Croatia to emigrate with her husband to America. Instead, she finds that her husband Drago is just as abusive.This novel covers over 40 years of Klara’s life: the hopelessness of familial cycles of poverty and abuse, an [...]

    • Christy Lockstein says:

      Thirsty by Kristin Bair O'Keefe is historical fiction that resonates with today's reader. "I am unhappy. I despise my husband. I settled in ways I'd never planned. I am not honest. All my life I've shared in lies. I lied to my children, told them this world was good and kind despite their father's cruelty," words from Klara, the main character of this stunning debut novel. Klara leaves Croatia in 1883 at the age of sixteen and marries Drago to escape the fists of her father and the never-ending [...]

    • D. says:

      Sigh. I picked this up from a friend's shelf thinking it was something else. I gave it a shot because it appeared to touch on a point in history and an American experience from a new angle. That was not the case. It's hard to decide whether this book is a truncated epic or an overextended short story. Some story lines and characters seemed to be developing but then petered out while others seemed superfluous. Some of the language was beautiful but in a way that was disconnected from the entire t [...]

    • rachel keeler says:

      The story of Klara, a Croatian immigrant who comes to Pennsylvania with a new husband excited to begin a new chapter of her life. What she finds is a town suffocated by the nearby steel mill, and husband just as brutal as her father. The characters are intricate and lovable; the story is beautiful and important to tell. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoyed A Tree Grows in Brooklyn or The Book of Ruth. The story carries you along a woman's life the same way that ATGB does, and shows the true [...]

    • Harvee says:

      Well written, with fluid prose and well developed characters. Interview with author Kristin Bair O'Keeffe:Interview. The book shows the longterm effects of domestic abuse on individuals and the family, as well as the hardship of life for families dependent on the steel mill industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. More

    • Janet Roberts says:

      I thought it was a brilliant novella. Stunning in its nuanced relationships and transformations. Moving and poignant in its tale of a woman disillusioned and having to find the courage to make a new life for herself, with a little help. Lifts a hidden veil from the experience of abuse and alcoholism associated, in this instance, with coal mining. Represents the potential of the author for story telling and tale spinning. I read the book when it was published in Shanghai

    • Carla says:

      I re-read this book for my book group meeting on 7/26/2011. I noticed things in the second reading that I did not catch in my first reading. The descriptive passages of people and place are what makes the novel and it's hardscrabble story.

    • Renee says:

      The only part I didn't like were the overly descriptive unnecessary 'bedroom' scenes. They could have been described with much less detail

    • Arwen Bicknell says:

      Wee bit thin on character, but lush writing and a true love of location that resonates.

    • Kelly Hevel says:

      Everything I love in historical fiction: a sense of time and place, a good story, a look into another life and time. Lovely.

    • Meryl Evans says:

      Book review

    • Monique Colver says:

      I loved this book.

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