A Dangerous Age
By Ellen Gilchrist
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565125421, 245pp.)
Publication Date: May 2008
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The winner of the National Book Award returns with a moving story of a family of women drawn together by the trials of the times.The women in the Hand family are no strangers to either controversy or sadness. Those traits seem, in fact, to be a part of their family s heritage, one that stretches back through several generations and many wars. "A Dangerous Age" is a celebration of the strength of these women and of the bonds of blood and shared loss that hold them together. Louise, Winifred, and Olivia are reconnecting the pieces of their lives and rediscovering love, but each is unwittingly on a collision course with a seemingly distant war that is really never more than a breath away. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, this finely honed novel about the centuries-old struggle for women who are left to carry on with life when their men go off to war is by a writer the "Washington Post" says should be declared a national cultural treasure. "