Rose Smith was born right at the beginning of the twentieth century - in the year 1900 - the year that ushered in the most rapidly changing century in history. It was a century filled with remarkable advancements - in the field of medicine, in the world of technology, politics, and most especially within American society. At the age of ten, Rose loses her mother to an illness which everyone seems remarkably vague about; refusing to even entertain Rose's simplest questions regarding her mother's death.
Raised by her somewhat distant father, her older sister Maude, and her new stepmother Celia, Rose quickly learns to become independent and adaptable. As she grows up and begins a family of her own, she and her three very distinct but equally strong-willed daughters, as well as the men in their lives become an indelible part of the country's growth too - an America beset, and inescapably altered by - the onset of devastating wars, the advent of new medicines, and the emerging empowerment and autonomy of women.
This is a glorious saga that spans the years of twentieth-century America - a poignant tale of our century and our America - as told through the experiences of four generations in the same family that embodies the human experience. This is a story that chronicles the lives of an extraordinary woman and a family whose lives are composed of a mosaic of tragedy and joy, love and hate, rivalry, struggle and redemption. This is also a poignant tale of an unforgettable family, and the choices made, chances taken and twists of fate followed, which transform people's lives forever.
I absolutely loved reading this book. I have always enjoyed reading books about families - books dealing with families and their histories. Although this was a relatively quick read for me, it still had the feeling of an intricately-woven, well-plotted family saga. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I found it just the slightest bit long-winded in parts. I give this book a definite A+!
this book is about a mother and her three daughters making choice, but staying united. great book
An uplifting story of an extended family. A panoramic view of American cultural history. Excellent storytelling!
A novel about a family and how they impact each other. This book covers the range of human emotion; from our failures to our triumphs.
This is an excellent read. Even at over 500 pages I felt like I flew through it. The characters were so well developed. Every one of them had an interesting story. Some moments in the book were a little humorous, others almost brought me to tears. Jaffe did an excellent job of bringing characters from the early 1900's through to the 1980's and included all of the things that the different periods were known for. It was a story about a family just like everyone has. Outcasts and black sheep all the way to the family member everyone loves and confides in. It was hard to put down.