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The Days of Winter

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The setting is Europe in the tense period between the two world wars. It is the bittersweet story of the wealthy Hack family whose pride and sins were redeemed by their passionate humanity. Rubin Hack jilts his intended and marries a beautiful mysterious woman whom his family detests. But it is their daughter who is doomed to relive her mother's sins as the wife of one man ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 1985 by Bantam (first published February 1978)
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Val
Dec 28, 2014 Val rated it it was amazing
Epic saga set within WW1&2, encompassing the intimate lives of the European rigid upper class and free spirited bohemians.
Freeman is a master storyteller of the study of personal motivations and relationships, of love, betrayal, and hope. At the core of the story are multi faceted characters that become so familiar they make readers feel their happiness or suffering.
In 1914 a quiet engaged young aristocratic Englishman on a solo vacation in Paris escapes from his rigid confining life, like
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Oct 18, 2013 Graceann rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
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Perhaps it's me becoming more jaded, or more rigid with my BS meter, but I am so bored of novels which "celebrate" stupid women who do stupid things in order to either (a) prove themselves to awful men; or (b) sabotage relationships with men they don't deserve in the first place. In The Days of Winter, you get a bit of both.

Magda, whose allure eludes me, meets Rubin and Rubin is immediately madly in love with her. Thus ensues heartbreak, betrayal, and idiotic behavior that carries across genera
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Oct 19, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
The story of a Jewish mother and daughter and the men they loved.
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Beatrice Cynthia Freeman (January 10, 1915 - October 22, 1988), pseudonym of Bea Feinberg, was an American novelist. She was born in New York City, where, as a young girl, she began writing books but abandoned writing to pursue a career running an interior decorationbusiness. When poor health forced her to give up her business, she decided to dust off an old manuscript from childhood but discovere ...more
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