Rumors of Peace

Rumors of Peace

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"One of those deceptively guileless novels, like A Member of the Wedding and To Kill a Mockingbird, that sees more than it lets on." --New York Times Book Review

"A book of acute insight and delicious humor. . . . Absorbing and poignant and full of difficult truth." --Rosellen Brown, New York Magazine

Though radio broadcasts grow more harrowing every day, and soon, swastika-marked envelopes begin to arrive from cousins overseas, but the fighting in Europe still seems far away from the idyllic California home of ten-year-old tomboy Suse Hansen. But after Pearl Harbor, everything changes. In Ella Leffland's beautifully wrought story of a young girl's coming of age during WWII, the fighting in Europe looms behind the tranquility of family, friends, and neighbors--until the darkness of the war becomes suddenly, irrevocably real.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 389 pages
  • 134 x 204 x 24.89mm | 444.52g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060913010
  • 9780060913014

Back cover copy

Perhaps no novel since A Seperate Peace has so superbly captured the impingement of a world at war upon a safe and sheltered environment. The place in Mendoza, a small oil-refining town thirty miles east of San Francisco. The time encompassed is World War II, from the bombing of Pearl Harbor until the bombing of Hiroshima. The narrator and heroine of the story is the fierce yet enchanting Suse Hansen. In the intervening four years, we watch with compassion as Suse evolves from a tomboy who wishes to be a trapeze artist to a young person whose moral growth has been as remarkable as her blossoming womanhood. In Suse's perceptions of the war, in her ability to reconcile her unfolding knowledge of human nature with the horrors of the news reports she so anxiously follows, we see a growth that is all the more dramatic for the subtlety and awe with which it is portrayed.
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Review quote

"One of those deceptively guileless novels, like "A Member of the Wedding and "To Kill a Mockingbird, that sees more than it lets on."-- Daphne Merkin, "New York Times Book Review""A book of acute insight and delicious humor...absorbing and poignant and full of difficult truth."-- Rosellen Brown, "New York Magazine"""Rumors of Peace" is a rare book, a delicious recalling. It is a book to shout about."-- "West Coast Review Of Books""A brilliant and original novel that will remain in your consciousness throughout a lifetime."-- "Los Angeles Herald Examiner"
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Rating details

284 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 33% (95)
4 34% (96)
3 23% (65)
2 7% (19)
1 3% (9)
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