A Dangerous Age: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, May 13, 2008 - Fiction - 245 pages
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The winner of the National Book Award returns with a moving story of a family of women drawn together by the trials of the times.

The women in the Hand family are no strangers to either controversy or sadness. Those traits seem, in fact, to be a part of their family’s heritage, one that stretches back through several generations and many wars. 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. Louise, Winifred, and Olivia 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, this finely honed novel about the centuries-old struggle for women who are left to carry on with life when their men go off to war is by a writer the Washington Post says “should be declared a national cultural treasure.”


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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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User Review  - indygo88 - LibraryThing

I would have to agree with some other reviews I've read of this book. It just didn't flow well for me. It jumped all over the place and while perhaps this is what Gilchrist intended, to me it appeared ... Read full review


1 Onward or How Nature Took Back the Reins as Touching the Hand Clan of North Carolina during the Dangerous Years of 2001 to 2005
2 Neurotically Exercising Pays Off in Spring While I Remember Chaucer as I Always Do in This Season
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)

Ellen Gilchrist, winner of the National Book Award for Victory Over Japan, is the author of more than twenty books, including novels, short stories, poetry, and a memoir. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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