Janet Tanner Women and War

ISBN 13: 9780312015381

Women and War

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9780312015381: Women and War

Set in Australia during World War II, two girls from very different backgrounds find themselves working side by side in Darwin. This is the story of their lives, their loves, their rivalries and friendship, through four years of war. By the author of "The Emerald Valley" and "Inherit the Skies".

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In this vigorous, hefty novel, the romantic history of two young Australian women is intertwined with World War II and the aftermath of the Japanese attack on their homeland. For Tara Kelly, an Irish immigrant raised in the slums of Sydney, as for Alys Peterson, gently reared daughter of a leading family in the English community of Melbourne, the war provides opportunity to escape unsatisfactory lives at home. Tara, the sensuous kept woman of a powerful crime figure, and Alys, the emotional prisoner of her stroke-impaired mother, become actively involved in the war effort: Tara, first as a hospital aide, then as an entertainer; Alys as a skilled vehicle operator. What brings them into each other's orbit is their love for the same man, a well-born Army doctor. Opportunistic Tara seduces him into marriage, which from the beginning shows signs of foundering because of his attraction to the more suitable Alys. The resolution of the triangle leaves Tara not bereft of lovers but once more adrift pursuing dreams of a career that may justify her origins. Tanner (The Emerald Valley) crafts a compelling love story that reflects enduring social divisions and dichotomized lifestyles on the great island continent.
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From Library Journal:

Set in Australia of the 1940s, this novel has unmistakable overtones of Gone With the Wind . The lives of Tara Kelly and Alys Peterson are changed forever by World War II. Tara is beautiful, charming, but entirely self-centered. Alys also is beautiful, but quieter, cultured, and self-sacrificing. Their paths cross by accident but remain entangled as they become rivals for the same man. Tara marries, then loses him, and in the process remains blind to the one man with whom she could really be happy. Believable characters and colorful settings enliven this story of love, obsession, and ambition. Barbara E. Kemp, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
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