"One of those deceptively guileless novels, like A Member of the Wedding and To Kill a Mockingbird, that sees more than it lets on." —New York Times Book Review
“A book of acute insight and delicious humor. . . . Absorbing and poignant and full of difficult truth.” —Rosellen Brown, New York Magazine
Though radio broadcasts grow more harrowing every day, and soon, swastika-marked envelopes begin to arrive from cousins overseas, but the fighting in Europe still seems far away from the idyllic California home of ten-year-old tomboy Suse Hansen. But after Pearl Harbor, everything changes. In Ella Leffland’s beautifully wrought story of a young girl’s coming of age during WWII, the fighting in Europe looms behind the tranquility of family, friends, and neighbors—until the darkness of the war becomes suddenly, irrevocably real.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Perhaps no novel since A Seperate Peace has so superbly captured the impingement of a world at war upon a safe and sheltered environment. The place in Mendoza, a small oil-refining town thirty miles east of San Francisco. The time encompassed is World War II, from the bombing of Pearl Harbor until the bombing of Hiroshima. The narrator and heroine of the story is the fierce yet enchanting Suse Hansen. In the intervening four years, we watch with compassion as Suse evolves from a tomboy who wishes to be a trapeze artist to a young person whose moral growth has been as remarkable as her blossoming womanhood. In Suse's perceptions of the war, in her ability to reconcile her unfolding knowledge of human nature with the horrors of the news reports she so anxiously follows, we see a growth that is all the more dramatic for the subtlety and awe with which it is portrayed.
Ella Leffland is the author of five books, including the critically acclaimed The Knight, Death and the Devil. She lives in San Francisco.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Harper & Row, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060125721
Book Description Harper & Row, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060125721
Book Description Harper & Row, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60125721
Book Description Harper & Row, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060125721
Book Description Harper & Row 1979-06-01, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. 0060125721 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-0060125721