A Dangerous Age
By Ellen Gilchrist
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565125421, 245pp.)
Publication Date: May 2008
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"A Dangerous Age" tells the story of the women of the Hand family, three cousins in a Southern dynasty rich with history and tradition who are no strangers to either controversy or sadness. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, the novel is a celebration of the strength of these women, and of others like them. In her characteristically clear and direct prose, with its wry, no-nonsense approach to the world and the people who inhabit it, Gilchrist gives voice to women on a collision course with a distant war that, in truth, is never more than a breath away.
As the "Washington Post" has said, "To say that Ellen Gilchrist can write is to say that Placido Domingo can sing. All you need to do is listen."