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ISBN: 0399151605Издательство: Putnam Adult
Год издания: 2004
Book DescriptionIn her darkest yet most redeeming novel, Gibbons scorches us with a ?restorm of despair-and then resurrects love and hope from its very ashes. Autumn 1918: Rumors of peace are spreading across America, but spreading even faster are the first cases of Spanish influenza, whispering of the epidemic to come. Maureen Ross, well past a safe childbearing age, is experiencing a difficult pregnancy. Her husband, Troop-cold and careless of her condition-is an emotional cripple who hasbattered her spirit throughout their marriage. As Maureen's time grows near, she becomes convinced she will die in childbirth. Into this loveless menage arrives Mary Oliver, Troop's niece. The sheltered child of a well-to-do, freethinking Washingtonfamily, Mary comes to help Maureen in the last weeks of her confinement. Horrified by Troop's bullying, she soon discovers that her true duty is to protect her aunt. As the influenza spreads and the death toll grows, Troop's...