Advance reader reviews of Next to Love by Ellen Feldman.

Next to Love

A Novel

By Ellen Feldman

Next to Love
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2011,
    320 pages.

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  • Mary Lou C. (Shenandoah Junction, WV)


    Where's the rest of the story?
    Being a child of that generation (1940s-60s), this book haunted me. Having read all the letters written by my own parents to one another during WWII, I can say that the author has done her research and quite accurately captured the mood and character of that period.

    Her portrayal of the psychological and emotional trauma of war, affecting not only the soldiers, but their families, is heart wrenching. Writing in third persion, she really allows you to get "inside the heads" of the characters.

    While I enjoyed reading the book very much, I was somewhat disappointed in the ending. I felt that the author was trying to cover too much in too little time. She attempted to tie up all the loose ends, but still left me hanging out there waiting for "the rest of the story."

    It was a very good read though and I did enjoy.
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