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Classic post-war tale of life in wartime Detroit

The Dollmaker - Harriette Simpson Arnow



Not being familiar with this classic book, I was amused to find, after reading the first harrowing section, that I'd seen the film version with Jane Fonda many years ago. Our lead character, Gertie, has dreams which are shattered by the events of the Second World War. She moves with all her children to Detroit for her husband's war work. Drama and tragedy invade their new unusual urban way of life.


The dialogue is an interesting read, especially for a non-American, with its Appalachian country drawl and simple sentence structure. Characters are well-developed and the book is compulsive reading. It is well worth a look although as the afterword tells us: it is depressing.