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Lonely Are the Brave
Tekijä: Larry Zuckerman
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Each character in this novel really makes an impression. Rollie is so dedicated to being a great father, no matter how he is judged for it. So refreshing to read, especially in a historical setting. Kay is a strong and intelligent young woman, learning how to stand for herself and hoping to make the world a better place for all women. I also really enjoyed the sweet sibling relationship between Rollie and his sister Bonnie, as well as Kay's relationship with her father. This novel is well written, emotional, and feels real. It's about defying expectations and finding the strength within yourself. A compelling read.
Lonely Are The Brave is a deeply thoughtful novel about societal expectations, honesty and living the life you want. The characters are amazingly created, realistic and easy to identify with. Rollie's situation is very different from the typical WWI story. As a male raising a daughter alone, he is challenged from many different sources. Rollie's story challenges the definition of a man. Kay's character challenges what it is to be a woman at the time. Harry simply wants her to be a figure for his campaign for office, Kay wants her opinions heard and to be an equal partner in his life, eventually deciding to do what is best for herself. I like that the suspense mounted in waves as Rollie and Kay discovered secrets that were kept from them while keeping the focus on the intricacies of the character's lives. The setting was also historically accurate, a small town after WWI where patriotism is at a high, Prohibition was already law in Washington and society has strict expectations for men and women set these characters up for an interesting journey.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
This post-WWI story has the twist of a widower raising his baby rather than the widow raising her child(ren). After the men return home from war, jealousy, rumors, and gossip abound in the small town. This moving story explores the differences in how men responded in the aftermath of their military service and the expectations of married women to no longer work outside the home.
I anticipated the ending, but reading the story was no less compelling. I also found the Author's Note added to the reading experience, highlighting historical research particularly laws in effect at that time, some specific to Washington State.
Questions for Discussion are also available at the end of the novel. Book Clubs will also appreciate a Reader's Guide that includes About the Book, Thoughts from the Author, Discussion Questions, About the Author, and Get in Touch (email, website, blog) in pdf format (3 pages in color) available for downloading from the publisher at http://www.cynren.com/s/lonely-are-the-brave-guide.pdf.
I was lucky to receive an Advance Reader's Edition of this title as an Early Reviewer from LibraryThing. The opinions expressed in the review are my own.
"When Rollie Birch returns home from the Great War in 1919 with a cluster of medals, he feels as if he's landed in the wrong country. His wife has died, leaving behind an infant daughter born while he was overseas. His small logging town of Lumberton, Washington, has grown but still runs on gossip. Almost overnight, Rollie the hero becomes a pariah for his scandalous decision to raise his daughter by himself-a child rumored not to be his-and for refusing to talk about his wartime exploits. The past two years have changed Kay Sorensen as well. Daughter of the Lumberton timber baron, Kay spent the war working for her father, organizing patriotic and charitable efforts, and discovering her love for politics and business. But when her husband-Rollie's former platoon commander-returns, Kay expects, correctly, that he'll make her quit her job. She's dreamed of marriage as an equal partnership; now, she chafes under her husband's cold tyranny. Did the war change him? Rollie might know, and Kay steels herself to beg information from a man her husband has publicly insulted. But neither Kay nor Rollie can anticipate how secrets, lies, and horrifying revelations may destroy them. Do two lonely, passionate rebels have the moral courage to stand up to gossip, defy cultural boundaries, and dare reinvent themselves in a world forever changed?"--
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That said, I enjoyed the historical aspects of the book. I hadn't thought much about the illegality of both alcohol and contraceptives at the end of WWl. The anti-union mentality as well as the gender discrimination also interested me. ( )