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Except for Me and Thee
Except for Me and Thee
Author: Jessamyn West
ISBN: 52186
Pages: 285

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Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World Inc
Book Type: Hardcover
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A Companion to The Friendly Persuasion
These further adventures of Jess and Eliza Birdwell, the beloved hero and heroine of The Friendly Persuasion, are cause for celebration to the millions who have met them in Jessamyn West's memorable book or in its enduring film, of which Miss West was co-author. Now their world comes vibrantly alive once more in Except for Me and Thee.
Here are those gallant Quakers, young and in love, meeting the challenges of nature and man as the growing family travels westward, then encountering the bitterness and savagery that explode into the Civil War, later guiding their children through the confusing aftermath, and, finally, looking at their world with bittersweet maturity. For all its fascinating differences, their world confronts dilemmas strikingly contemporary--youthful rebellion, racial intolerance, social inequity, and warfare's misery. To each, Miss West brings dep and meaningful insights.
And she brings more in the many moments of spirited comedy and gentle humor that are equally a part of living and so natural to this appealing couple and their family.
Here, then, are full measures of joy and sadness, tenderness and brutality, hope and despair--a sweeping spectrum of human experience ranging continuously through this compelling story. Its beauty and wisdom, merged into the swift narrative, bear the hallmark of its distinguished author. Its readers will be delighted, will be moved, and will long remember Except for Me and Thee.