Sunday, May 1, 2011
A Woman's Place by Lynn N. Austin
Title: A Woman's Place
Author: Lynn N. Austin
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction
Alerts/Warnings: Some violence associated with racial tension.
Premise: "As America rises to meet the challenge of World War II, the call for defense workers unites four women at Seneca Shipyards in Michigan. 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." (King County Library System)
Opinions: This book follows the lives of four women during the 1940's as they struggle to find their role in supporting their loved ones who have gone off to fight in World War Two. Jean is right out of high school and wants to support her six brothers who've gone off to war. Helen is a spinster trying to avoid being alone in her home. Ginny feels under appreciated being a wife and a mother. And Rosa, who had eloped with a soldier, is living with her husband's family and trying to find her self worth. Each woman finds a job working at a shipyard in Michigan and struggles to redefine what a "woman's place" means. I felt very connected to each of the women and loved getting to know them better and to see their strengths and cheer them on as they worked to overcome their weaknesses.