Readers of Hayes and Nyhan’s entertaining epistolary novel will be transported to 1940s America, when people on the home front watched, waited, and worried about loved ones fighting overseas. Two women, separated by age, circumstances, and geography, find each other through a 4-H address exchange for war wives. Their correspondence reveals that Glory, from well-off New England society, is a young mom who “went from debutante to war bride,” while the more practical Rita is a professor’s wife who lives in the heartland and has both a husband and a grown son in the armed forces. Authentic touches bring the era alive. Allusions to sharing an easy recipe that “doesn’t touch the sugar ration,” recycling tinfoil, anti-German bigotry, blacked-out portions of censored V-mail, and victory gardens all provide a specific, everyday context for such timeless and universal passages and struggles as birth, death, grief, wartime temptations, divided loyalties, and hope. Interspersed is correspondence with the men in service, adding layers to Hayes and Nyhan’s deeply satisfying tale. --Whitney Scott
"Engaging, charming and moving, a beautifully rendered exploration of WWII on the homefront and the type of friendship that helps us survive all manner of battles."
-Kirkus (starred review)
"Timeless and universal...[a] deeply satisfying tale."
"A wonderful affirmation of the life-enhancing potential of female friendship." -Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier's Wife
"I devoured this story in one greedy, glorious gulp. Oh, the women! I love them. I love their families and their voices and their stories. I bet you'll love them, too." -Marisa de los Santos, bestselling author of Love Walked In
"A delight! I'll Be Seeing You made me want to get out a pen and paper and write a friend a good old-fashioned letter." -Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March
"Original and heartfelt...Set in World War II, yet somehow timeless, this novel is as beautifully written as it is captivating. An absolutely terrific debut." -Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me
"Women on the WWII home front faced loneliness and terrible fears. But I'll Be Seeing You tells the compelling story of two women who endured, bolstered by duty, love and, most important, friendship. I read this sweet, compassionate novel with my heart in my throat." -Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
"Vivid and well-crafted, I'll Be Seeing You poignantly illustrates the hopes and struggles of life on the home front. Readers will laugh, cry and be inspired by this timeless story of friendship and courage." -Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of The Kommandant's Girl