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Choices

Settle, Mary Lee

ISBN 10: 038547699X / ISBN 13: 9780385476997
Published by Nan A. Talese, 1995
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Title: Choices

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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The author of Blood Tie, winner of the National Book Award, traces the life of a courageous Southern woman, a child of privilege who fights for labor rights during the Depression and civil rights during the sixties. Tour.

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A novel of an extraordinary woman and her extraordinary times, by the distinguished author of The Beulah Quintet and Celebration.

"Audaciously insightful... Ambitious, unique, and beautifully written." -- Ann Beattie.

In this, her thirteenth novel, National Book Award-winning author Mary Lee Settle takes the measure of the twentieth century, as seen and lived by Melinda Kregg Dunston, a brave and remarkable woman of the South. When her father kills himself during the Depression so that his family can live on his insurance money, Melinda realizes that she will not be happy leading the genteel life desired for her by her mother. Joining the Red Cross rather than making her debut, she becomes embroiled in a bloody coal-miners' strike in Kentucky, where she witnesses firsthand a poverty and desperation she scarcely knew existed. Then she volunteers for the Republican cause in Spain, where amid the horrors of war she falls in love with and marries Tye Dunston, an idealistic young doctor. As the war reaches its tragic end, she escapes Spain with barely her life and a demure little orphaned girl in tow. And in the turbulent sixties, she returns to America to champion the civil rights cause, aiding a brilliant young man whose only crime is his skin color. A narrative borne on the exhilarating currents of memory, Choices is not only the story of a courageous woman who puts compassion ahead of society's expectations of her, it is also the story of this century, told with an unflinching eye and an unstinting heart.

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