maven edited the description of Next to Love Wednesday, October 19, 2011.
"A powerful, haunting, deeply ambitiousA story of love, war, loss, and the scars they leave, "Next to Love" follows the lives of three young women and their men during the years of World War II and its aftermath, beginning with the men going off to war and ending a generation later, when their children are on the cusp of their own adulthood.
Set in a small town in Massachusetts, the novel aboutfollows three childhood friends, Babe, Millie, and Grace, whose lives are unmoored when their men are called to duty. And yet the changes that are thrust upon them move them in directions they never dreamed possible — while their husbands and boyfriends are enduring their own transformations. In the decades that follow, the three friends lose their innocence, struggle to raise their children, and find meaning and love in unexpected places. And as they change, so does America — from a country in which people know their place in the social hierarchy to a world in which feminism, the Civil Rights movement, and technological innovations present new possibilities — and uncertainties. And yet Babe, Millie, and war, impeccably executed, impossibleGrace remain bonded by their past, even as their children grow up and away and a new society rises from the ashes of the war.
Beautifully crafted and unforgettable, "Next to put down." —Stacy Schiff, authorLove" depicts the enduring power of Cleopatra: A Lifelove and friendship, and illuminates a transformational moment in American history.
Shelfari edited the description of Next to Love Saturday, February 12, 2011.
"A powerful, haunting, deeply ambitious novel about love and war, impeccably executed, impossible to put down." —Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra: A Life