The Future Homemakers of America

The Future Homemakers of America

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 505g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large print ed
  • 0753167522
  • 9780753167526

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'Overpaid, over-sexed - and over here,' growled the British troops of the American Forces arriving in the 1940s to help fight against Hitler. They could have added, 'better dressed, more glamorous, more attractive to the girls - and unencumbered...' In the 1950s it wasn't quite the same. Another batch of American Air Crews was back, but not alone, as an uneasy peace allowed them to bring their families. For the American wives and children post-war Britain, still bruised and lacking the amenities they were used to, came as a shock. They were confused by the paucity of air-conditioning, central heating, supermarkets and even cars and telephones. And, of course, the weather, at least on the East Anglian coast, was awful. Peggy (the narrator), Betty (the homebody), Gayle (later to find God), frivolous Lois and Audrey, soon to become an officer's wife, find themselves drawing defensively together. As DWs (Dependent Wives) they can't take paid employment, so made do with babysitting each other's children - or getting into mischief. Then they meet Kath, a local stoic who opens their eyes to the truth and harsh realities of rural living. But Kath, though ill-educated, is no fool. She sees the life the American girls live, even in their restricted circumstances, and her eyes open too; and the lifetime's friendship she gradually forges with Peggy, Betty, Gayle, Lois and Audrey is to affect all their futures, for good and for ill. Graham has an impeccable ear for dialogue and dialect, and an eye for the nuances of character, the complexities and disappointments of family life, the traumas of disertion, illness, death. She recognizes courage, not just in the face of danger, but in the everyday trudge through life. A story that bears the stamp of reality, told with unsentimental sympathy and warmth. (Kirkus UK)show more