How Leavitt captured the 50's--nuclear paronoia, attitudes toward women and work, suspicion of divorced women! The buzz words of the era are unspooled so gracefully that it feels as if we're really there. Leavitt not only masters plot, but has a rare sensitivity to gesture and language. Listen to this metaphor on P. 39, a tender scene between pre-adolescents Rose and Lewis. He's feverish, lying on his sleeping bag, and she tends to him. "When she leaned over, one of her braids dusted against his chest, rising and falling as if it were alive and breathing along with him." Now that's writing! You'll never forget these characters!
Causes Rochelle Shapiro Supports
MADD, The Queens College Alumni Association, The Nature Conservancy, The Anti-Defamation League, The Red Cross.