Next to Love by Ellen Feldman: November 2011 book of the month:

Next to Love by Ellen Feldman depicts the enduring power of love and friendship, and illuminates a transformational moment in history.

Next to Love is inspired by the Bedford Boys, a group of young men from the same small town in Virginia who were among the first GIs at the D-Day landings - most of whom failed to come back.

Next To Love by Ellen Feldman

It is told by the women they leave behind. Babe, Millie and Grace, who live in dread of telegrams that can bring only bad news. When those telegrams finally arrive, and when peace eventually breaks out, they experience changes that move them in directions they never dreamed possible. 

The women lose their innocence, struggle to raise their children, and find meaning and love in unexpected places. And as they change, so does America — from a country in which people know their place in the social hierarchy to a world in which women's rights, the Civil Rights movement, and technological innovations present new possibilities and uncertainties. 

Book club discussion: 30 November, 9-10pm

We are delighted that Ellen Feldman will be joining MN bookclub to discuss Next to Love as well as her previous novels, her Orange Prize nomination and her writing life on Wednesday 30 November, 9-10pm.

If you'd like to get involved in the discussion you can buy a paper copy of Next To Love here or if you would like to get started right away an e-book version of the novel is available here

Ellen Feldman

About Ellen Feldman

Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, is the author of The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank and Scottsboro, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in New York City and is currently at work on a novel set against the cultural cold war.

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