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Next to Love by Ellen Feldman

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Small-town America in the 40s and 50s and three friends marry soldiers. Along comes the war, some return, some do not. This is the story of these girls, their families and friends and how they cope, barely, in their public and private lives. It is a wonderful slice of social history - of the black decorated soldier with no recognition - of the Jew who has a hard time being accepted and of a period that is moving towards America's Age of Freedom and all the anger and violence that went with it. Feldman is a lovely writer who's last impressive novel, Scottsboro, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.

If you like Ellen Feldman you might also like to read books by Courtney Sullivan, Curtis Sittenfeld and Maggie O'Farrell.


Next to Love by Ellen Feldman

Babe, Grace and Millie have been best friends since their first day at kindergarten. Now they are newly married, and the men have gone to war. They thrive on letters from their absent sweethearts, and on the closeness they've always shared. And then, on a single morning in 1944, no fewer than sixteen telegrams arrive, bringing news of the worst kind from the War Department. For Babe, Grace and Millie, life will never be the same again. Each must face the challenges of the years ahead, the changes taking place in America and far closer to home, which are enough to test even the deepest of friendships and most hopeful of hearts ...


'Haunting and profoundly moving ...Feldman's characters live and love with breathtaking intensity' Booklist

'Intelligent, elegant and moving' Guardian

'A celebration of friendship, full of tragedy and hope' ASOS magazine

About the Author

Ellen Feldman

Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, is the author of The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, Scottsboro, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and Next To Love. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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Publication date

1st August 2012


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Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan


304 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years


Family Drama
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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