Item description for A Common Glory by Robert Middlemiss...
What happens when a Southern news reporter falls in love with a jazz loving English pilot and wants to take him home to her segregationist parents? And what happens when the English pilot asks her out on a first date to hear Billie Holiday singing at a Negro nightclub in Atlanta? Royal Air Force pilot George Westcott and reporter Doreen Summers come from very different backgrounds: she, from the Georgia farmland and crops and close nit and sometimes dangerous heritage; he, from a cold fishing and shipbuilding town on the sometimes cruel North Sea. She seeks escape to New York City and life as a successful reporter. He hopes for the airlines after war and escape from his working class background. It is in the crucible of war that pilot and reporter draw close across their vulnerabilities and fears. War confronts them with Segregation and the fear of death in high lonely skies. And clutches at the first exquisite promptings of a passionate love.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 1" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2005
Publisher Durban House Publishing
ISBN 1930754639 ISBN13 9781930754638
Reviews - What do customers think about A Common Glory?
Southern Classic Feb 1, 2007
Whether you enjoy tender romance, WWII stories, southern history or the introduction to different cultures, this book has it all. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll learn to love people who think and live very differently. Robert Middlemiss uses his experience and knowledge of both the American South and England to give us rare insights into life during the early 1940's. This book is especially recommended to persons of a `certain age' who have early memories of the south during WWII and those who are interested in learning the experience of living during that period.
Beautiful Story Jun 1, 2004
While I am not generally one who turns to romances when I get a chance to spend a day or two with a good book, this book was recommended to me and I gave it a shot. Wow! Robert Middlemiss has created a warm love story with bite, a story of two lovers who wouldn't have met but for WW II and then are consumed by its fires. Middlemiss has captured that period of the forties when segregation was still the rule, people were beginning to feel the first stirrings of the injustice done to a race of people, and the world was in turmoil in fear of Nazi Germany. That two people could fall together in this backdrop of uncertainty and share something wonderful, reminds one in more ways than one that even in dark periods the seeds of hope are regenerating. Truly a masterful work. Doreen and George will live long in my memories and their message will live longer.
A good story which crosses and brings together two cultures Dec 15, 2000
This is first and foremost a good story with interesting and likeable characters. The author paints a picture of two people from very different cultures who overcome cultural differences while facing the separations and stress of war. It is evident to me, having lived in both the southern United States and England, that Middlemiss has done his homework. He also writes very well! It's a good read!
A Common Glory Is Quite Uncommon Nov 28, 2000
This novel covers a very interesting and relatively unknown aspect of World War II. I grew up in Georgia, and I did not know about our participation in the training of British aviators. The historical aspect, along with the British view of segregation is facinating. The love story is touching and believalbe,and there is enough technical information to let you know that Mr. Middlemiss knows his way around a cockpit. As Mr. Middlemiss may be unknown to many, I would say that fans of Lavyle Spencer would really like this one.
A Common Glory is Not a Common Romance Oct 25, 2000
A romance set against the backdrop of war is not new. Usually the soldier is "over-sexed" and "over-there", i.e. a WWII American GI in England. However, this time the soldier turned airman is over here and in the deep south. Middlemiss has a talent for creating an atmosphere through prose laced with sights, sounds and smells. The reader is immediately transported to a small Georgia town and immersed in its culture, for better or worse. As the romance develops, Doreen (the Georgia "belle") introduces George (the British air instructor) to southern life, and begins to question some of those ways as she sees them through George's eyes and experiences. The novel is firmly based in fact and represents a small town's contribution to the war effort. The lives that were lost and the hearts that were broken are by far not a small contribution. There is probably some "steel magnolia" out there whose life closely parallels that of the novel's heroine.
I enjoyed the novel and recommend it as both a war story and a romance.