Deliver us from...who?
This book, much to my surprise, isn't about Evie. It's about her younger brother Parr and his irrepressible urge to get away from his family life on the farm.
It doesn't focus on Evie, her coming out of the closet, her family's reaction (as a matter of fact, that only covered about two sentences!). It focuses on Parr. On his finding a girlfriend, on his wanting to drive, on his desire to NOT follow the family footsteps. It's all about Parr.
There are a FEW glimpses at this curious creature called Evie. Her outgoing nature, her gruff sense of humor, the fact that she always insists on wearing men's clothing. She's made out to be the stereotypical dyke - she wears jeans and leather, she refuses to wear her hair long, she turns her nose up to make-up, she loves hard work and fixing things, she's her dad's best buddy. Evie is made out to be so masculine, there are times you forget she's a girl, a lesbian, and think she's just one of the guys. As a lesbian myself, always trying to fight that stifling stereotype, I have to say that I was very offended.
If you're looking for good lesbian fiction, skip this book. If you're looking for a quick read, mostly about farming, go for it.