A Dangerous Age: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, 2008 - Fiction - 245 pages
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The women in the Hand family are no strangers to controversy or sadness. Those traits seem, in fact, to be a part of their family's Southern heritage, one that stretches back through several generations. For Louise Hand, it means coping with the possible loss of the young man she has improbably fallen in love with, especially now that he has vowed revenge for the injuries suffered by his twin brother in Iraq.

Winifred Hand's loss came before the war began, when her fiance flew to New York for an early morning meeting at the World Trade enter on 9/11. Now just as she is starting to experience life again, the war once more threatens to take away what happiness she has found.

And for Olivia Hand, the strong-willed independent editor of Tulsa, Oklahoma's preeminent newspaper, the war is a subject for editorials, a far-off conflict that she can write about with both passion and detachment until her newly wedded husband gets called up for service.

All three 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, "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. Haunting and elegantly crafted, it is a wonderfully human story about the centuries-old struggle of women who are left to carry on with life when their men go off to war, by a writer the "Washington Post" says "should be declared a national cultural treasure.""


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

More angst and sex among the intricately interconnected Southern families Gilchrist (Nora Jane, 2005, etc.) has been following in fiction for nearly 30 years.This time the focus is on 30-something ... Read full review

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User Review  - nolagrl - LibraryThing

I've put off this review for so long because I was so disappointed in the book that I had to go back and re-read her previous works. My, did this suffer in comparison. Despite its use of 9-11 and the ... Read full review


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3 Dont Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
4 Faithful Life
5 War
6 Nellis Air Force Base Nevada
7 Data April 2005
8 Blessings
10 The Dazzling Return of the Real Earth in Spring When New Leaves Are Enough to Drive a Man to Wonder and Small Birds Are Learning to Fly
11 Louise
12 Tallulah
13 Operation Matador
14 Sleeping Swords
15 Burying the Dead
16 August
17 Birth

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About the author (2008)

She is the author of 16 works of fiction, including the story collection Victory Over Japan, which won the National Book Award & most recently, The Cabal & Other Stories. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Ocean Springs, Mississippi & New Orleans, Louisiana.

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