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I knew the author had a great gift for description. But After the War also convinced me that she also has the ability to get inside a character's mind--and to bring the reader along with her. The characters in After the War were so diverse yet the interplay among Sister, Fr. Al, Paula, Kate,and Aaron provides different interpretations and insights of single incidents, not only to the characters themselves but also to the reader.
Strong story line, diverse and well-developed characther..no matter how you look at it, After the War is a great read!
Sister Francis Marie's sister-in-law Paula steals the show during most of the book with her fervent desire to please her husband. Heartily regretful that she hadn't exactly returned the "I love you" first uttered by her now husband Karol, Paula's mission is to keep trying to repair that by any means possible. One way is by being extra nice to his ailing and hospitalized sister. Heavily pregnant with child, Paula charmingly schemes to be baptized a Catholic by the hospital Chaplain as her husband is unaware of her non-Catholic status.
Although Father Al's (the hospital Chaplain) character has a story to tell as well, the book primarily is built upon the interwoven stories of Sister Francis Marie and Paula. This is a book you can lose yourself in and look forward to reading as its characters are so likeable and precious. Author Libby Sternberg has written the masterpiece of her career in this richly crafted tome.
I wanted it to end and then regreted that it wasn't as good as it could have been.