A Dangerous Age

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A Dangerous Age

By Ellen Gilchrist

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781616203795, 254pp.

Publication Date: April 8, 2014


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.

About the Author
Ellen Gilchrist, Fayetteville, Arkansas, teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas. She is the author of several collections of short stories and novellas including "The Cabal and Other Stories", "Flights of Angels", "The Age of Miracles", "The Courts of Love", "In the Land of Dreamy Dreams", "Victory Over Japan" (winner of the National Book Award in 1984), "Drunk with Love", "I Cannot Get You Close Enough", and most recently, "Acts of God". Her novels include "The Anna Papers"; "The Annunciation"; "Net of Jewels"; "Starcarbon"; "Sarah Conley"; "Anabasis: A Journey to the Interior"; and "I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting with My Daddy". She is the author of two collections of essays, "Falling through Space" and "The Writing Life", both published by University Press of Mississippi.