Cambridge Girl

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Trefoil Books, Sep 1, 1999 - 338 pages
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Meghan O'Meara was born in the Irish enclave of Kerry Corner, off Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Happiness and tragedy mark Meghan's early years. During the depression, her impoverished family is rescued when Roosevelt puts the country's economy back in shape.

A teenager at the start of World War II, Meg optimistically perseveres through the dramatic changes in her life. Her brother, Joe, becomes a Japanese prisoner of war. She loves and is betrayed. Friends are lost at sea and on the battlefields. To do her part, for the war effort, she joins the Home Guard.

Meg has triumphs, too. Despite their religious differences, she marries Ensign Jim Wright, and follows him, from port to port. The wartime housing shortage presents challenges that are both humorous and sobering. She is overjoyed by the birth of her son, but saddened by the long separations, as Jim's submarine is frequently on extended missions. She is overcome with loneliness and depression, and once again Cambridge becomes her haven.

Jim gives up his "mistress, " the Navy, and together they find civilian life also an exciting and fulfilling adventure.

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