By Belva Plain
Dell, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440216742, 480pp.
Publication Date: March 10, 1994
Before becoming a novelist, Belva Plain wrote short stories for many major magazines, but taking care of a husband and three children did not give her the time to concentrate on the novel she had always wanted to write. When she looked back and said she didn't have the time, she felt as though she had been making excuses. In retrospect, she said, "I didn't make the time." But, she reminded us, during the era that she was raising her family, women were supposed to concentrate only on their children. Today 30 million copies of her books are in print.
A Barnard College graduate who majored in history, Belva Plain enjoyed a wonderful marriage of more than 40 years to Irving Plain, an ophthalmologist. Widowed for more than 25 years, Ms. Plain continued to reside in New Jersey, where she and her husband had raised their family and which was still home to her nearby children and grandchildren until her death in October 2010."
"Subtle and intelligent." -- West Coast Review Of Books. "Impeccably done" --Booklist.
"By getting under the skin of each of her diverse characters, Plain delivers a story of considerable impact." --Publisher's Weekly.