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Four freedoms /

by Crowley, John.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : William Morrow, c2009Edition: 1st ed.Description: 389 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780061231506 :; 0061231509.Title notes: $25.99 2-2010 (db)Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Oklahoma -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Oklahoma -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- Oklahoma -- Fiction | Airplane factories -- Oklahoma -- Fiction | Domestic fiction | Historical fiction | War storiesOnline resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description Summary: In the early years of the 1940s, as the nation's young men ship off to war, the call goes out for builders of the machinery necessary to defeat the enemy. To this purpose, a city has sprung up seemingly overnight in the windswept fields of Oklahoma: the Van Damme airplane factory, a gargantuan complex dedicated to the construction of the B-30 Pax, the largest bomber ever built. Some men, but mostly women, many of whom have never operated a rivet gun or held a screwdriver, flock to this place eager to earn, to grow, to do their part. Many are away from home for the very first time, enticed by the opportunity to be something more than wife and homemaker. In the middle of nowhere they will live, work, and earn their own money, fearing for the safety of their absent fighting men as the world around them changes forever.--From publisher's description.
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<p>"So rich and so evocative and so authentic." --Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation</p> <p>"John Crowley is a virtuoso of metaphor, a peerless recreator of living moments, of small daily sublimities." --New York Times Book Review</p> <p> From the critically acclaimed author of Lord Byron's Novel and The Translator comes a novel set in World War II America that follows the stories of a group of aircraft factory workers--in particular, the enigmatic figure of draftsman Prosper Olander. Named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the Washington Post, Four Freedoms is a beautifully crafted story of liberation and redemption from an author who has been compared to Robertson Davies, Thomas Mann, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.</p>

$25.99 2-2010 (db)

In the early years of the 1940s, as the nation's young men ship off to war, the call goes out for builders of the machinery necessary to defeat the enemy. To this purpose, a city has sprung up seemingly overnight in the windswept fields of Oklahoma: the Van Damme airplane factory, a gargantuan complex dedicated to the construction of the B-30 Pax, the largest bomber ever built. Some men, but mostly women, many of whom have never operated a rivet gun or held a screwdriver, flock to this place eager to earn, to grow, to do their part. Many are away from home for the very first time, enticed by the opportunity to be something more than wife and homemaker. In the middle of nowhere they will live, work, and earn their own money, fearing for the safety of their absent fighting men as the world around them changes forever.--From publisher's description.

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Library Journal Review

In his 11th novel, acclaimed author Crowley (Daemonomania) presents a work of historical fiction about several people working at an Oklahoma aviation factory during World War II. The company, run by two farsighted brothers, is attempting to produce a bomber plane extraordinaire. With the majority of able-bodied men away fighting, it is a disabled man, Prosper Olander, and several women working at the plant whose intimate lives become the story's focus. Prosper's various liaisons give readers a glimpse into all the characters' backgrounds and experiences and show what led them to employment at the plant. Crowley interweaves scenes showing how the workers as a whole bond together in their plant-constructed housing and dance halls. VERDICT While the novel's backdrop is a 1940s wartime plant, described in some detail, the book doesn't seem to hit its stride until it begins examining specific characters in depth. The author's strength is in making their situations and their dialog come alive. Recommended for all readers of historical fiction.-M. Neville, Trenton P.L., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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