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The Brothers Story

The Brothers Story is set in the Great Frost of 1683-84, and tells the story of twin teenaged boys, Kit and Christy, who have grown up in poverty in their Essex village. Because Christy has been “simple” from birth, Kit has literally been his brother’s keeper. But the hardships that come to their Essex village with the frost bring Kit to frustration and despair. He abandons Christy and makes his way to London, seeking to better himself. There he finds much to take his mind from thoughts of all he has left behind: a master who paints pictures, a sharp-tongued serving maid, and a frost fair upon the frozen Thames. When the time comes that he can no longer evade the problem of his brother, Kit must make a choice between returning to poverty-stricken village life or seizing a lucky chance to advance himself--unless he can find a third way. The novel includes much authentic detail, including a frank portrayal of teen sexuality during this period.

“...Sturtevant has done a breathtakingly good job...[The] book is not only a stunning story but a challenging and deeply satisfying work of social conscience.” Booklist (starred review)

"a subtle but enlightening exploration of class and gender roles." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“...a well-drawn, believable world: bawdy, filthy and freezing...” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Sturtevant’s characters have real human complexity....Packed with authentic period detail...this is a lively adventure that merits a sequel...” Horn Book