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A Will Of Their Own

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"Shreve is a master storyteller....[An] intricate portrait of the American woman and her creative centrality inside and outside the home."
They are four generations of women--Anna, Amanda, Sara, and Eleanor--and their remarkable story spans a hundred years, beginning when a willful beauty arrives in America in 1890, and goes on to love, passion, and scandal.
Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published March 2nd 1994 by Ivy Books
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Melissa Morales
A saga spanning five generations of women, beginning with Anna, newly arrived in America from Rhyl, Wales. Determined to live her life as she sees fit, risking it all for a fresh start in the new world. To her daughter Amanda, headstrong and ahead of her times in so many ways. Amanda's daughter Sara, yearning for a life of normalcy and order after being raised by the energetic and daring Amanda. Sara's daughter Eleanor, so like Amanda in many ways but more grounded. To Eleanor's daughters, sweet ...more
Melissa Baggett
Nothing like the movie, but is that surprising?
I actually enjoyed the fact that this book was nothing like the movie ("A Will of Their Own" with Lea Thompson), and it's one of the few times that I could enjoy both despite their differences.

The book, originally published as "Daughters of the New World," follows five generations of women through the very end of the 19th century and through most of the twentieth. Anna, an immigrant from Wales, moves to the US to be a housemaid to an uppercrust Wash
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Also know as Susan Shreve. Received the following awards: Jenny Moore Award, George Washington University, 1978; Notable Book citation, American Library Association (ALA), 1979, for Family Secrets: Five Very Important Stories; Best Book for Young Adults citation, ALA, 1980, for The Masquerade; Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, National Council for Social Studies and the ...more
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