Item description for A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin...
Overview The call for defense workers during World War II unites four women--Virginia, Helen, Rosa, and Jean--at Seneca Shipyards in Michigan, and as they encourage, shape, and influence one another, they learn valuable lessons about life, love, and faith. Simultaneous.
Publishers Description They watched their sons, their brothers, and their husbands enlist to fight a growing menace across the seas. And when their nation asked, they answered the call as well. Virginia longs to find a purpose beyond others' expectations. Helen is driven by a loneliness money can't fulfill. Rosa is desperate to flee her in-laws' rules. Jean hopes to prove herself in a man's world. Under the storm clouds of destruction that threaten America during the early 1940s, this unlikely gathering of women will experience life in sometimes starling new ways as their beliefs are challenged and they struggle toward a new understanding of what love and sacrifice truly mean.
Community Description As America rises to meet the challenge of World War II, the call for defense workers unites four women at Seneca Shipyards in Michigan: Virginia longs to find a purpose beyond her role as a housewife; Helen's lonely, single existence drives her to accept a demanding job despite her advancing years; Rosa is desperate to flee her in- laws' rules; and Jean yearns to rise above her circumstances and attend college. As their lives intersect, this unlikely gathering of women will encourage, shape, and influence one another as they learn valuable lessons about themselves and about life, love, and faith.
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From Publishers Weekly In an engrossing read, three-time Christy Award-winner Austin (All She Ever
Wanted; Hidden Places) explores the lives of four women in smalltown Michigan
during WWII. The unlikely quartet of heroines a mouthy Italian, a farm girl
desperate to go to college, a spinster schoolteacher who's inherited a
fortune, and a bored housewife meet and become fast friends when they take
Rosie the Riveter jobs at a local factory. On one level, the novel is simply
about the bonds that form among the principals, recalling Whitney Otto's How
to Make an American Quilt and Lynne Hinton's Friendship Cake. But the subtext,
as the title suggests, is about gender roles. Can and should women defy their
husbands? What does the Bible say about wifely obedience? Such questions
present themselves urgently to each of the four protagonists (and, one
imagines, to many of Austin's female evangelical readers). Austin sprinkles
some lovely images throughout a newborn's fingernails "like drops of candle
wax" and a humorous depiction of inadvertently tipsy church ladies will have
readers in stitches. All in all, Austin offers a very enjoyable journey to an
earlier wartime America. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 11/13/2006 page 22
Publishers Weekly - 08/21/2006 page 48
Library Journal - 11/01/2006 page 60
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.3" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2006
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0764228900 ISBN13 9780764228902
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More About Lynn Austin
Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.
Lynn Austin has published or released items in the following series...