A Dangerous Age

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Ellen Gilchrist is writing about her usual cast of characters, the women of the Hand family. However, the tone of this outing into Hand family lore is slightly darker that in her earlier titles. In the beginning the Hand women are all headed toward North Carolina for a cousin's wedding, but instead of a wedding, they attend a funeral, as the fiance was killed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. In one way  on another the events of 9/11 influence the lives of all the female cousins. Three of them fall in love and marry men who will eventually be involved in the Iraq War. There are more funerals and heartbreak to follow, but at the same time a feeling that these women will be as strong as their forebearers. I am making this sound grimer than it really is, because Ellen Gilchrist has the ability to make us see the ebb and flow of everyday life in a very pleasurable way.  We are left with the women struggling on, with perhaps further adventures of  the New Orleans Hands. The last entry in the book reads: "Aug. 27, 2005 -- Major hurricane forming in the Gulf of Mexico." One supposes that Katrina is a story for another novel.


A Dangerous Age

Posted by Linda Cook at 08/15/2008 04:34:55 PM | 

I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book, although I've liked her others. It sounded too grim. With your nudge from this blog entry, I'm putting it on my list to read sometime soon.
Posted by: Ann Rohrbaugh ( Email ) at 8/18/2008 11:48 AM

Great to catch up on your blog entries. You rock, Mom. - Janet
Posted by: Janet ( Email ) at 9/3/2008 8:27 AM

This book looks interesting, ill have to put it on my monthly list. thanks for the info!
Posted by: alice ( Email | Visit ) at 11/19/2008 4:06 PM

I heard this book is a real good read. I like reading eerie type novels.
Posted by: franco ( Email | Visit ) at 11/24/2008 6:00 PM

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