|Publish Date:||Nov 1998|
|Number of Pages:||608|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.65|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 7.0 x 1.25|
Belva Plain was born in New York City on October 9, 1915. She received a degree in history from Barnard College in 1939. Her first short story was published in Cosmopolitan when she was 25 years old, and she continued to write for the publication for years. Her first novel, Evergreen (1978), was on the New York Times bestseller list for 41 weeks and was made into a television miniseries. Her other works include Crescent City, Promises, Blessings, The Carousel, Daybreak, and After the Fire. She died on October 12, 2010 at the age of 95.
In her highly successful novel Evergreen and the miniseries that followed, Plain told the story of immigrant Anna Friedman and her love for Paul Werner. Here the focus shifts to Paul's aunt, Hennie De Rivera, from age 18 in 1891 through World War I. As a volunteer, Hennie teaches English at a settlement house where she meets Daniel Roth. Their relationship is frowned upon by her family, but they marry when she becomes pregnant.
Her uncertainty over whether Dan would have married her otherwise is aggravated by his roving eye. The grown-up Paul, Hennie's son Fred, and Leah, an orphan she raises, are also featured. Characterizations are often superficial but sparked by an occasional insight into motivations, hinting of skills better realized in earlier novels. Interest in the family carries the reader forward and will certainly prompt demand. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club dual main selections. Ellen Kaye Stoppel, Drake Univ. Law Lib., Des Moines
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In this magnificent return to the world of Evergreen, Henrietta Roth, an extraordinary woman, fights to control her destiny; and three turbulent generations come vividly to life against a background of immigrant struggle, war, and passion.
"A page-turner... Hard to put down." -- The Washington Post