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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (April 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452283396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452283398
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,407,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Straightforward, often lyrical prose and a sympathetic yet clear-eyed historical perspective characterize Wood's first novel following the successful trilogy that began with The Train to Estelline. This time, she focuses on four families living on the 900 block of Pine Street in the East Texas town of Cold Springs in 1944. As World War II rages in Europe, Grace Gillian, a 38-year-old high school English teacher with a "wild Irish streak," is at the center of things on the home front. Grace's husband, Bucy, has recently abandoned her, unleashing a torrent of local gossip, and much of the novel turns on the question of which future Grace will choose will it be with the bereaved husband of a recently deceased neighbor, a handsome sergeant she meets on a train or her own estranged husband? Equally affecting are the stories of Bobby Moore, an earnest teenager with poor eyesight who desperately wants to participate in the war effort, and Bobby's seemingly mismatched parents, his oh-so-Southern father, Robert, and his outsider Yankee mother, Barbara. Passion pops up in unusual places, even as the war years offer the opportunity for everyone to finally grow up. As the war drags to an end, the distant horrors of battle are having a profound effect on the town, and insanity is in the air, changing lives irrevocably. Like a good parent, Wood stands back and lets the sturdy characters of her smalltown novel discover just what's important. Despite the sadness of loss and the bitterness of hard-won knowledge, the novel's conclusion is jubilantly triumphant, as satisfying as a snapshot of V-E Day. (Apr. 3)Forecast: Wood's move to Dutton from the smaller U. of North Texas Press, which published her Estelline trilogy, should bring added attention and sales to this increasingly popular author.

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Wood's passionate novel illuminates the many ways World War II affected small-town America, by focusing on two characters: Bobby Moore, a high-school senior who is not eligible to enlist because of his lazy eye, and Grace Gillian, a schoolteacher whose husband has recently left her. Bobby, resentful that he is unable to join the army along with his friends and desperate to impress the girl whom he's set his heart on, becomes increasingly critical of his father's racism and his family's insistence that he is lucky to be out of danger. Grace, depressed by how many of her former students have died in the trenches of Europe and frustrated by the propaganda that inspires her current students to enlist at an alarming rate, struggles to help others come to grips with the turmoil the war has created. Wood illuminates the puzzles of racism, sexism, patriotism, and poverty, while dramatizing how the necessities of war blurred social and personal boundaries, and changed the lives of subsequent generations. Bonnie Johnston
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In 1944 in Cold Springs, Texas, thirty-eight-year-old English teacher Grace Gillian does not understand the male of the species, at least those who are not on the front. They seem to admire her yet they avoid her as if she has a contagious disease. Her spouse simply left her without a word of explanation. Her widower neighbor shared a glorious evening with her, but never followed up with even a visit. Teenager Bobby Moore, who wants to join the army, and his father both have desired Grace, but try to hide those feelings especially from the senior's wacky Yankee spouse. Even a sergeant she meets on a train heading east finds he cannot resist the lure of Grace.

Perhaps, the males find the amazing teacher just a bit too flaky for them almost as if she is a flame and they are moths. She daringly reads poetry to her students. Who knows what other wild ideas she might unleash on an unsuspecting man? As the war draws closer to an end, which lucky male will earn Grace's love?

GRACE is a fabulous period piece that brings home life in a small Texas town during World War II. Though the story line centers on Grace, it contains several intriguing subplots that allow the audience a better understanding of her admirers and their need for distance. The key cast members are fully developed either through their respective relationship with Grace or with their own family members. Still, this is Grace's novel and she shines throughout just as much as author Jane Roberts Wood does.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Mitchell on August 23, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Grace the novel, centers on Grace Gillian, an English teacher in her 30's, living in a small, Texas town, Cold Springs. Grace's husband has recently left her, headed for NYC, and Grace has been left to deal with life on her own. We also meet several other members of the Cold Springs community, Bobby a highschool senior, who deeply desires to be a part of the war effort, the apple of his eye, Dixie, Bobby's family, and a few other side characters. Wood has a real gift for writing, her descriptions are excellent-you can picture each scene perfectly in your mind. Through Grace, we learn how the effects of the war turn life upside down in this small, close-knit community. As you follow the character's lives, you will see what their motivations and deepest desires are, how they all want to be accepted and understood in different forms and different ways. The story was entertaining, but not something that left much of an impression on me. To the author's credit, the writing was excellent (5 stars).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. A Truett VINE VOICE on March 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I did enjoy the book. I read it for a book club, but might have read it on my own. My biggest problem was the way I met Grace. In the first chapter she has already slept with a man who isn't her husband and on the night of his wife's death. It just put a bad taste in my mouth. I never grew to like Grace Gillian, but I did grow to tolerate her, because I enjoyed the story.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mamalinde on May 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In a departure from her gentle Texas triology, Ms. Woods takes the reader on a passionate and lusty exploration of a sleepy little East Texas town and the final year of WWII. In the four homes on a single block, every household is an entirely different world of mannerisms, of history, of hopes and of dreams. This glimpse into the past provides more than just insight into the times, but also into the thoughts and minds of the individual people and truly a feeling of being there. My only disappointment? That there wasn't a CD in the back cover of the book, with a collection of the music that floats through this memorable story.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Longorio VINE VOICE on May 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Grace" follows the lives of four households living on the same block in the small Texas town of Cold Springs during the final years of World WarII. Grace Gillian, english teacher at the local high school, sparks passion for learning and exploration in her students. She presence is unsettling for the town, married later, only to have her husband abandon her, head filled with dreams and impractical things. This woman is a catalyst of sorts in the other households. John Appleby, enlisting in the service after his wife's death, looks to her with confusion and longing. Young Bobby Moore V, drawn by the passion Grace displays as his teacher, and her unselfconscious beauty. His home has currents of its own, his yankee mother snubbed( and not at all bothered)by local woman, befriends the family maid, struggles with the interference of family in her daughter's life. Bobby is drawn to Dixie baldridge, a young beauty with a troubled family life. Her father drinks and her mother is scarred by past trauma that has left her unable to cope. The US is drawn into the war and local young men leave the comforting confines of Cold Springs, life is turned upside down. While this book seems to wander a bit,it is a wonderful book that captures the upheavel in small town life that marked the mid 1940s. The realization that change would impose itself upon life, no matter how careful one was. Each family must face its own and intertwined challenges,closing the doors on hurts and refinding love and figuring out where they fit in Cold Springs
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes J. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, I'm not sure what to make of this book. I thought it was pretty good, but I'd say about 70% of the book was about Bobby Moore and his family and friends, not so much about Grace. I kept wanting to know more about Grace and Bucy and what lead to his leaving her...but no detail was really given, and his response to her asking why was pretty lame.
In fact, almost every problem in this book was solved with a simple answer and a wave of the hand. I wanted more detail about some issues that truley could have been more entertaining had they been a little more in depth.
As for the ending, I don't know how I feel about it. Part of me says...'Well, it COULD have happened that way...I guess'...the other part says...'What the heck?!?!? What kind of ending was THAT! Could she have wrapped it up any quicker?' I don't know, I like the book, it made for a pleasant and thoughtless read just to pass time, but I don't know that I'd really recommend this to anyone I know.
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