Praise for


“In a novel as lyrical as it is harrowing, Davenport (author of the memoir The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes) explores the darker side of the American dream and women’s exclusion from its freedoms… Davenport shapes her story-drawn from her own family history-with scrupulous patience, deftly juxtaposing striking images of the Midwestern landscape with evocations of Marie’s vivid inner world.”
Publishers Weekly

“This is a gritty yet hopeful tale… Basing her story on true events, Davenport (The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes) employs court documents, oral histories and existing records to lend substance to a character who exemplifies the spirited determination of one young woman as she fights to overcome the belief that women are no more than chattel, to be treated as their menfolk see fit. It’s an accurate commentary about the times that, sadly, may still apply behind the closed doors of many households today.”

“Davenport’s deeply affecting historical novel of a courageous young woman’s struggle to survive in an overtly sexist time is both a sobering and stirring tribute to determination.”

“THE END OF ALWAYS…achieves an emotional authenticity that rings devastatingly true…Incorporating vivid sensory details and old fairy tales from the German island of Rügen, Davenport’s prose has a dark, mysterious quality…it leaves a strong impact and offers a hopeful message that needs to be heard.”
The Historical Novel Society

“Extraordinary. A lament straight from the heart of young womanhood in early twentieth-century America. You can feel this story in your bones.”
– Amity Gaige, author of Schroder, O My Darling, and The Folded World      

“It would be easy to change some of the details of the book and imagine it in the modern era — but that only makes them more powerful and striking ..even as the book drives home that this is a historical story …it remains wholly applicable to modern life.”
– Kate Erbland,

“The research in Davenport’s book is clear from the authenticity she establishes. The details are genuine and Marie’s confused perspectives and missteps are convincing. The author’s gift for sensory details balances the uncomfortable reality, many of the most poetic and evocative found in the many woods walks Marie takes to heal her injured heart, head and body.”
– The Herald Sun

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