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Elizabeth Berg is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including We Are All Welcome Here, The Year of Pleasures, The Art of Mending, Say When, True to Form, Never Change, and Open House, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for the ABBY Award in 1996. The winner of the 1997 New England Booksellers Award for her body of work, Berg is also the author of a nonfiction work, Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True. She lives in Chicago. To schedule a speaking engagement, please contact American Program Bureau at


Berg (Open House) has done a spot-on job of researching the World War II years; she hardly misses a beat. She focuses on the Chicago Heaneys, a loving family enduring the tumultuous years of 1943-46. USO dances, pin curls, V-mail, food rationing, and newsreels figure prominently in this romantic story of the three Heaney sisters, nicknamed the "Dreamy Girls." Eldest Kitty, front and center, is unlike her younger sisters. Searching for more than a husband, she attempts to make her own contribution to the war effort by entering the aircraft industry and is one of the few local young women to do so. As the war rages on, Kitty begins to have her doubts about the future. Closing in on Kitty and her sisters' frivolities, innocence, and adjustment to loss, Berg also sheds light on the nation's acclimation to war. The Heaneys' warmth and love are integral to Berg's portrait, as is a 1940s Chicago that includes streetcars, Marshall Fields, the Palmer House, and summers on Lake Michigan. Yet while the evolving era and the family's intimacies are painstakingly presented, the conclusion is rushed and thus compromised. Nevertheless, this is a good purchase for public libraries, especially where Berg is popular. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/07.]--Andrea Tarr, Corona P.L., CA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

A Rita Hayworth look-alike and her sister keep the home fires burning for young men going off to fight WWII in Berg's nostalgic tale of wartime romance and family sacrifice. Hoping her boyfriend, Julian, will propose before shipping out to the Pacific, beautiful redhead Kitty Heaney discovers not only is she not engaged, but she's enlisted as the delivery person for her sister Louise's engagement ring from Michael, her boyfriend, who has departed for the European front. Distance makes Louise's and Michael's hearts grow fonder while Kitty discovers independence through her job at a bomber factory. As the months go by, Louise learns she is pregnant and Kitty meets an attractive soldier (one of many the girls encounter) at a USO dance. As the young soldiers offer a range of feelings about war from humor to anger, wonder to despair, Berg (We Are All Welcome Here; The Handmaid and the Carpenter; 2000 Oprah pick Open House) captures changing attitudes toward working women and single mothers in this sentimental celebration of a bygone era. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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