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on July 6, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Lavettes-Torn by divorce, dissension, and warring passions, the Lavettes face their most painful truths, mirroring a nation divided in the aftermath of Vietnam. The loves that seemed inviolate, the unquestioned loyalties, are struck down in an era of broken promises and lost ideas.
Barbara Lavette -Trapped between her own heroic past, her family's needs, and the shadow of her own encroaching age, Barbara is at the crossroads. Embracing the challenge of a congressional race, going out to face war - and love - in El Salvador, she must become the inspriation of her embattled family, the microcosm that is her ultimate testing ground for courage and strength.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
In what was originally planned as the conclusion to the Lavette Saga, Barbara Lavette runs for public office and learns some interesting things about herself and her family. THE IMMIGRANT'S DAUGHTER was intended to conclude this sprawling family series, but Howard Fast came back several years later with AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN.

Barbara finds herself growing ever older and more confused, as the people she has loved for most of her life pass on, and her son becomes more of a stranger to her. She loses herself in the run for office, and discovers that public life isn't all it's cracked up to be. Also included is an adventure in El Salvador at a most turbulent time.

Howard Fast does not disappoint in his ability to tie together many loose threads. He also makes no apologies for his political leanings - he has a definite point of view in his fiction, and it is strongly evident here. I'm already sorry that there is only one more book in the series. I will be sorry to say goodbye to these people.
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on June 12, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
The book was a good story but the historical details were very scarce. After reading many historical fiction books, this one lacked a great deal of facts.
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on June 10, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Just a mediocre story much inferior to the high telnet of the author who wrote wonderful real story regarding to real events.
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on March 10, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone else. I enjoyed reading something from earlier in the century.
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on August 20, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
The entire series is terrific! Reminds me of the work of John Jakes - Great characters and great story wrapped around California history
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on November 20, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book and read it in just a few days. It wasn't as great as the first three, but I still zipped right through it. I have loved the whole series and hate to see it end, so I putting off reading the last one.
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on January 17, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I love these series of books. However, I've grown weary with this book, listening to a bunch of spoiled rich people's self imposed problems. Although they are trying to find their way, as second & third generation American's, and many of the problems are the problems of the times, they just keep making the same mistakes over and over with no learning curve.

It feels like Howard Fast was winding down on this series, and just trying to include Barbara LaVette, and her kids, in every single notable moment in history, regardless of whether or not it was realistic or probable. There's become too much grandstanding, which is simply tiresome. If found myself skipping large sections, just to get past the rambling of a character trying to find themselves. Clue...it isn't going to happen running away, that is for sure. Some of the choices were simply too large of a leap to include.

With that said, if you're and ardent follower of this series, you'll want to read it...that's why it got three stars. I'm committed to the LaVette's and their extended families. I want to find where the journey takes them. This book ends in the late 70's, and all the problems of that time...which ironically are still going on today. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it, it just was.
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on July 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you have never read a book by this author you are truly missing out on a great experience. While I loved all his books this seems to be my favorite
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on September 11, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Super read. Captures from the beginning and doesn't let you loose.
First book of the series that I read.
Loved the information about the author, Howard Fast, after the story.
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