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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 Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

""Four Freedoms".perfectly captures an era-WWII America-when the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley's extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end." -- San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick "Four Freedoms".perfectly captures an era WWII America when the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley s extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end. --San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick "One gets the feeling that Crowley loves observing women because he captures them so precisely and so intimately....FOUR FREEDOMS goes back in time... bringing us stories filled with love, loss, integrity, and heart."--www.about.com "Brilliantly realized .... More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of America's most imaginative and accomplished novelists."--Kirkus Reviews on FOUR FREEDOMS "Ultimately, the significance of "Four Freedoms" lies in its thoroughness, the sheer specificity. . . . The result is an accessible, painstakingly crafted work that offers many pleasures and rewards. It could be the novel that finally brings Crowley the wide attention he has long deserved."--Washington Post ""Four Freedoms" is so rich and so evocative and so authentic."--Tom Brokaw "In a tricky narrative that weaves in and out of the novel's present (1942-5) and lavishly detailed flashbacks to the characters' earlier lives, Crowley creates a fascinating microcosm....More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of America's most imaginative and accomplished novelists."--Kirkus Reviews (pointer) for FOUR FREEDOMS ""Four Freedoms".perfectly captures an era--WWII America--when the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley's extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end."--San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick Ultimately, the significance of "Four Freedoms" lies in its thoroughness, the sheer specificity. . . . The result is an accessible, painstakingly crafted work that offers many pleasures and rewards. It could be the novel that finally brings Crowley the wide attention he has long deserved. --Washington Post" "Four Freedoms."perfectly captures an eraWWII Americawhen the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley s extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end. --San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick" John Crowley is a virtuoso of metaphor, a peerless recreator of living moments, of small daily sublimities. And his latest novel, "Four Freedoms," is in many ways his most unguarded and imaginative work. --New York Times Book Review" Brilliantly realized .... More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of America s most imaginative and accomplished novelists. --Kirkus Reviews on FOUR FREEDOMS" Although nominally about life at an American aircraft factory during World War II, Crowley s complex and subtle novel is much grander. . . . "Four Freedoms" is also a triumph of both research and imagination. . . . A wonderful novel that readers won t soon forget. --Booklist (starred review)" One gets the feeling that Crowley loves observing women because he captures them so precisely and so intimately....FOUR FREEDOMS goes back in time... bringing us stories filled with love, loss, integrity, and heart. --www.about.com" "Four Freedoms" is so rich and so evocative and so authentic. --Tom Brokaw" "Four Freedoms."perfectly captures an era WWII America when the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley s extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end. --San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick" In a tricky narrative that weaves in and out of the novel s present (1942 5) and lavishly detailed flashbacks to the characters earlier lives, Crowley creates a fascinating microcosm....More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of America s most imaginative and accomplished novelists. --Kirkus Reviews (pointer) for FOUR FREEDOMS" "Although nominally about life at an American aircraft factory during World War II, Crowley's complex and subtle novel is much grander. . . . Four Freedoms is also a triumph of both research and imagination. . . . A wonderful novel that readers won't soon forget."--Booklist (starred review) "Four Freedoms is so rich and so evocative and so authentic."--Tom Brokaw "John Crowley is a virtuoso of metaphor, a peerless recreator of living moments, of small daily sublimities. And his latest novel, Four Freedoms, is in many ways his most unguarded and imaginative work."--New York Times Book Review "Four Freedoms.perfectly captures an era--WWII America--when the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley's extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end."--San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick "Ultimately, the significance of Four Freedoms lies in its thoroughness, the sheer specificity. . . . The result is an accessible, painstakingly crafted work that offers many pleasures and rewards. It could be the novel that finally brings Crowley the wide attention he has long deserved."--Washington Post

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