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When All the World Was Young by Barbara Holland
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Sep 12, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

This story is so much more than a brilliantly observant girl growing up in WWII-era Washington, D.C., more than the story of growing up in a home with an emotionally detached mother and wicked stepfather- it's also an authentic history of that time and a terrific look of how children were seen, how wives lived and how fathers (some) ruled the world.
Holland never victimizes herself and is anything but sentimental, yet it certainly seems her family alienation extended to her entire academic career, where she has cast herself as the permanent quintessential misfit.
The writing is stellar and the chapters are brilliantly named; furthermore, I love the picture the author chose of herself for the back cover. Although nothing earth shaking occurs in the book, I was never the less swept away.
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