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Evergreen (Werner Family Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Belva Plain
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The towering modern classic of passion and  ambition that forever changed the way we see the  courageous immigrants who came to America's shores -- the  story of Anna Friedman transfixes us with the  turbulent emotions of a woman and her family touched  by war, tragedy, and the devastating secrets of one  forbidden love... bittersweet and evergreen.


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  • Editorial Reviews

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    "A magnificent story...this beautifully written  book will be treasured and reread for many years to  come." -- Library Journal.  

    "A grand, sweeping panorama...richly written,  finely detailed...vivid and memorable." --  Daily News.


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    From the Publisher

    The towering modern classic of passion and ambition that forever changed the way we see the courageous immigrants who came to America's shores -- the story of Anna Friedman transfixes us with the turbulent emotions of a woman and her family touched by war, tragedy, and the devastating secrets of one forbidden love... bittersweet and evergreen.

    "A magnificent story...this beautifully written book will be treasured and reread for many years to come." -- Library Journal.

    "A grand, sweeping panorama...richly written, finely detailed...vivid and memorable." -- Daily News.


    Product Details

    • File Size: 4534 KB
    • Print Length: 698 pages
    • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (December 15, 2009)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0030P1WOA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A life-changing read.. March 24, 2008
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This book takes you on a amazing journey of a woman's life from childhood to old age. Although it begins as Anna Friedman's story, it frequently changes perspective.. taking on that of her daughter, son, husband, grandkids, lover.. Through each character's eyes, comes a complete roller coaster of emotions and real-life issues. There was a surprise at every turn, keeping you glued to the book. Like nothing I've ever read.. It forces you to see life from a grander view and realize what it's really about. I feel as though I knew this woman and she made me wise.
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    25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! September 10, 2003
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is one of my favorite books of all time! I first became aquainted with the story when I was 10 years old and I saw the TV movie (starring: Lesley Ann Warren as Anna, Ian MacShane as Paul, Armand Assante as Joseph, Joan Allen as Iris, and many more talented actors!) I then read the book and have been rereading it every few years since (I'm 27 now).
    What is so wonderful is Belva's way of incorporating history into the lives of such rich and passionate characters! The love story between Anna and Paul is beautiful and tragic. Once you know Anna you will never be able to stop reading!
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars tear jerker from start to finish February 24, 2004
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    I loved this story! It tells of the life of an immegrant woman at the turn of the century. She rises from the slums of New York to become the wife of a house painter turned real estate marvel. Through the great times and the depression she keeps her ideals and her family together. This book also tells the heart wrenching story of her children and their obstacles. In the end, Mother knows best. If you're the relative of a Jewish immegrant - a must read. If you just love love stories - a must read. I reread it every summer in the green.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars one of those books that you can't forget October 18, 2010
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    To remember a lovely writer who has just passed away last week, it is only fair to write a review of her best novel; A friend told me about this book around the time it first came out. It has since evolved into more than one book. I was glad to hear that there is a continuation of the book to come out next year and I do look forward to it. It was also a mini series as well that I watched. With that said, here is the book. Anna is a woman who comes to America from Poland. She works for the Warner family, but marries a fellow ambitious immigrant, who gives her a comfortable life. the typical American pull yourself up by your bootstrap kind of story. It has been over 30 years but I have never forgotten this book even now. Sadly, I had thought Mrs Plain passed years ago because after a while, she fell out of the limelight. I was shocked and even more sad that she has only passed this past week.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull family history July 16, 2004
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Belva Plain's best! The wonderfull life of a family's four generations, how inmigrants have to struggle, family problems, family love, family disfunctionalities, etc.
    All the characters are very well created, and the dramas of life are as real as they could get.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Evergreen May 4, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is a review of the Kindle version. Great story but marred by consistent errors. The contraction we'll is always spelled well. He'll is hell. Bother or bothered is always brother or brothered. Very distracting. I finally gave up.
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    25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars evergreen May 12, 2000
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Have you ever wanted to know about immigrants' lives in other countries? Then you should read Belva Plain's book Evergreen. It will help you to find out about those immigrants and their generations' lives in foreign lands. The book is about a girl named Anna Friedman, who immigrated to America only when she sixteen years old. Anna's parents died in her own country Poland. She had brothers who moved to Vienna. She longed to come to United States and have a good life there. She married to a man named Joseph Friedman and had a boy. Besides, she had relationship with another man Paul Werner. Evergreen has become American classic novel tells unforgettable family and an amazing woman. Readers should not miss to read this great novel. One reason I was interested in this book was because the situation of the main character is similar to my situation. I'm an immigrant too. At the beginning, I also was confused about whether I should come to America or not. I wanted to come here because I knew my life would be better than I stayed in my own country. However, I miss my relatives very much. I liked Anna Friedman, this main character. She was very strong woman, who always kept her hopes up no matter what happened. She never gave up her hopes. Anna was a great wife and modern mother too. She never required her husband for anything; instead, she insisted he do anything he wanted to do and considered him all the time. She knew how to touch her children well. They never had the chance to do wrong things and she always wanted them to be successful. People should read this book. As far as we know, Anna was a wonderful woman. Although, she was dishonest to her family when she had relationship with another man Paul Werner. After that, she got pregnant and the baby was girl. Read more ›
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It will sweep you away. February 26, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This book is rich, heartwarming, intriging, romantic, almost life like. You are almost immediately swept up in the character's lives. You feel their pain, love, loses, everything. I would rate this book as one of my favorites. It is a quality read. This book was made into a movie about 10 years ago on TV. Does anyone have this movie or know where it can be purchased? I have searched for this movie for years with no luck.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Enjoyed it enough to purchase book number2. Now enjoying it.
    Published 13 days ago by Elizabeth McGrath
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Have enjoyed the books very much good series
    Published 1 month ago by ramona
    3.0 out of 5 stars ... a long time ago and it is still a good read
    I a tually thought this was a new book and realized I read a long time ago and it is still a good read
    Published 2 months ago by pamela eckler
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    ever green, could not put the book down.was intoxication
    Published 2 months ago by Sarah Meade
    4.0 out of 5 stars I very much liked this book
    I very much liked this book. It's long! Like 698 pages. Belva Plain had such an eloquent way with words. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Lily
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good story......I will definitely read the rest of the books in the series.
    Published 3 months ago by JA ROWLAND
    4.0 out of 5 stars but not tedious. The language was uncomplicated----I had to look up...
    The book is very long, but not tedious. The language was uncomplicated----I had to look up only two words in the whole book. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Juanita Mitchell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line
    Wish they would release the movie again with Lesley Ann Warren. Great
    story line. I'm reading Book 2 now.
    Published 4 months ago by JoAnn Geist
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great read! Let's you slip into the characters joys, trials and tribulations.
    Published 4 months ago by Sharon Miller
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good reading
    Published 4 months ago by Inez Scott
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