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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (January 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UGB0UI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Howard Fast (1914-2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible Communist associates earned him a three-month prison sentence. During his incarceration, Fast wrote one of his best-known novels, Spartacus (1951). Throughout his long career, Fast matched his commitment to championing social justice in his writing with a deft, lively storytelling style.

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As this third entry in the Lavette Family Saga begins, Barbara and her new husband Bernie are navigating difficult married waters. His heart is in Israel, and she resents the competition. Where the story goes from here is, as always, an energetic journey.

The largest part of the novel is given to Barbara's testimony before HUAC, and the repercussions of that testimony. As Howard Fast lived through this period, he clearly used his own painful experiences to give life to these sequences, and the prose crackles as a consequence.

Tom Lavette and his first wife, Jean, are beautifully drawn and continue to grow. I'm so sorry that they are aging - I know it won't be long before I'll be saying goodbye to these characters, and I'm dreading it.

My only disappointment, and the only reason the book has been reduced to four stars rather than five, is the disappointing subplot regarding Sally Lavette. It made the story drag. I really didn't care much about what was happening to this spoiled brat; I was anxious to get back to Barbara and the others. Likewise, Barbara's brother Tom does not have much to recommend him, but I realize that the stage has to be set for his further adventures in the remaining three books.
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