Steady, calm Rita Vincenzo lives in Iowa and fills her days working in her garden, going to mass, and trying to appease her crotchety neighbor, Mrs. Kleinschmidt. Then there is impulsive and enthusiastic Glory Whitehall who lives a more privileged life in New England. Expecting her second child, she faces the challenges of mothering a rambunctious young boy and the knowledge that her mother-in-law finds her lacking.
A fortuitous pairing through Rita and Glory's involvement with each one's local 4-H society connects these two women with seemingly little in common. As the story progresses, they bond over letters. The women are looking for a diversion from their day-to-day lives, which are consumed missing and worrying about loved ones fighting in the war. Glory is aching for her young husband Robert, while Rita misses her husband Sal, who she believes is too old to...
Beyond the Book
In the novel I'll Be Seeing You
, Glory and Rita bond over their daily experiences trying to live a fulfilling life in the midst of wartime worry and hardship. The two women live far apart - one in Iowa, and the other in New England. In their letters to each other, they share tips for growing a decent Victory Garden as well as recipes that work with rationed supplies.
In 1942, the United States began nationwide rationing of items such as sugar, coffee, meat, cheese, tires, gasoline and even farm equipment. Some of these items were scarce because they'd previously been imported from countries now at war with the United States. Other items were needed to keep the soldiers and sailors well-equipped for their battles.
Ration books distributed to individuals and...