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The Future Homemakers of America

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In the tradition of "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, " this moving novel, filled with warmth, wit, and wisdom, is about a group of women who discover--over the course of 40 turbulent years--the nature of true friendship.
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Published November 15th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2001)
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Jennifer
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Air Force Spouse
Shelves: chick-lit, cinc-house
I first picked up this book in an antique store in Arkansas. The cover was cute and intriguing. But when I read the jacket, I was sold. Being an Air Force spouse, and a history buff, I had to get it. Oddly enough, I was on my way to visit an old friend from a previous base(also an AF spouse) . When I got to her house, I saw that she had a copy on her bookshelf. That was an excellent endorsement for the book. I started reading it that night and could not put it down. I passed that copy of the boo ...more
Beth Watkins
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this book on my mom's book shelf last month to take to the pool to read one afternoon. I had a very hard time getting started with it. I picked it up again and again, a few pages at a time during our hectic military move this summer, lost it, then found it a few days ago and couldn't put it down. I finished it last night, and cried and cried towards the ending. I have no idea why. It isn't necessarily a sad book (though it has some very sad moments in it) but being a military wife, it stru ...more
Antof9
So. . . I'm not even sure how to write the journal entry on this one. It's interesting what goes through your head as you read each book. It's very Americentric. And there is a lot of stuff in here that's very "military", and some that's very Texas, and some that's very 1952-1980.

Another interesting thing, based on the time, is that today was the funeral for Rosa Parks. I wrote a little bit about it in my blog. I happened to read the section of the book, today, after watching the funeral on tv,
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Karyl
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd love to give this four and a half stars, but four will have to do.

Peggy Dewey is an Air Force wife whose husband is stationed to Norfolk, England, in the early 1950s. She forms a core group of friends with ladies she's known since high school and from previous postings, and even includes a native Englishwoman. Eventually the ladies all go their various ways, though Peggy keeps them all tied together and informed of what's going on in each other's lives. It's quite surprising to see how inte
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Cass
I picked this up at a library book sale. I liked the cover, plus it fell outside of my normal reading genre. I like to regularly read something a bit more mainstream then usual.

I liked this book. It was predicatable, it was corny, it was sweet. It had a host of very stereotypical characters. But I read it nearly two years ago, I have read nearly a hundred books since, and I still occasionally think about it.

I think about the way they parented. I think about the scene when a bunch of officer's w
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Graceann
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Here's the thing about Laurie Graham's novels. You start off, and you think, "this is fun; this is nice and light," and by the end you are in love with the characters and hate that you have to say goodbye to them.

Future Homemakers of America begins with several USAF wives living near one another on a base in England. When they make a pilgrimage to watch King George's funeral train pass by, they meet a local woman who becomes important in all of their lives. This is all about the power of friend
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Nicole
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Five young American women, all married to air force pilots stationed on a military base in post WWII England are the main characters.
Bored with the limited choice of activities on the base they take to sight seeing. They find their first native friend in Kath. Few people realize the extent of the poverty the two wars produced in England but this book begins by depicting the normal military base then showing it in harsh contrast to the stark simplicity and poverty their rural friend lives in. Wh
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Redfox5
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about six friends and their lives over the next 40 or so years. The book starts in England with the death of King George. Peggy and the other girls from the American air base, head down to the train station to pay their respects to the funeral train. Here they meet Kath and their lives are changed forever.

I really liked all the main characters, they were all flawed and likable at the same time. The book mainly focuses on Peggy and Kath as theirs is the friendship that doesn't f
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Linda
I really liked this book about a group of military wives over the course of 40 years. The one thing that helped me tremendously was to have read the interview with the author in the back of the book early on. Laurie Graham is a British author married to an American and writing about America. Some of her wording was a bit awkward but after understanding her background, I quickly forgave her and changed up the language in my head when necessary as I read along. That's my only complaint about a goo ...more
Cass
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, books-i-own
This book could best be described as a quaint Sunday afternoon movie for middle aged women. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. Just an easy read when I was laying sick on my couch.

The book centres around four or five women, all wives of Army pilots stationed in England. All the typical characters are present. The beaten wife, the wife on the verge of a divorce, the one who drinks too much, the one who wants heaps of kids, the one who can't get pregnant, the one who is a domestic goddess,
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Christy
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely write reviews on here but this book deserves it. In the spirit of full disclosure, I didn't have terribly high expectations for this book. I was proven wrong. In fact I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours.

This book showed the strength and resilience of a group of women who were brought together because of their Air Force husbands. It follows them through love, marriage, babies, divorce, death, and many things in between. Along with the activities of their lives, they are surroun
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Sarah Brown
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book quite a few years ago and absolutely loved it. I've read it a couple of times since but it's a been over a year since I last read it so I thought I'd pick it up again. This is the story of six women who spend time together in England in 1952, and spans the rest of their lives, following their individual journeys as they lose touch and come back together in interesting ways. It's just wonderful, an addictive page-turner with a heart of gold. I just love stories that are set ...more
Sj
Jun 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
About 6 women who become friends while 5 of them are with their husbands stationed at an Air Force Base in England. The 6th woman is English. The novel spans many years of their friendship. The relationships were interesting. I kept reading because I liked the characters, they had a lot of potential. However, it stops at potential. The novel was predictable at times and took forever to finally get to the reveal. You read most of the book already knowing how it is going to end, which is disappoin ...more
Rachel
Sep 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I had a really hard time getting through this book on my kindle. My book club decided to read it because we wanted another book like "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons" (which we LOVED) but we were sorely disappointed. I wasn't impressed by the writing style and didn't feel like it really went anywhere. I was very disappointed.
Robin
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much potential and yet I find myself disappointed. The characters, while colorful, never felt authentic to me. And one has to work diligently to match family members to the main characters. And the story line failed to seize my interest.
Melissa
Women meet on an Air Force base in England, follows their friendships over many years. Recipes and a real flavor for the time. I just didn't have much of a connection to the characters, they never seemed very real.
Debbie
I could not get into this book. It was so confusing, and there was nothing to make me like any of the characters so I gave up, not caring what happened to their lives.
Lily
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thought about giving 3 stars but settled with 2.
Found the book at a Charity shop.
All about American life for females in 1950's to 80's (driving, shopping malls, eating out, hippies, Vietnam war, evangelism, women starting to get their own careers... nothing particularly interesting)
Novel is based on friendship and family - which the book did well.
Some humour in the book, some great one-liners but all just a bit flat for me, I started to lose interest about 80% through the book, but the ending pi
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Hilary Tesh
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of the lifetime friendship between six friends, starting in 1952 when five USAF wives, feeling cut off from civilisation in the wilds of Norfolk, watch George VI's funeral train and befriend a local girl, Kath. Narrated by Peggy, we see how each woman's lives progress, set against world events and developments. A book to savour and one I didn't really want to end - but I'm not sure I want to read the recently published sequel which carries the women's lives into old age infirmity.
Lynne Tomlinson
A tale of friendships

An interesting read of the unlikely bonds formed between military wives, each as different from the others as night from day. And yet, their friendship survived distance, domestic abuse, divorce and even death.
Christina Koniari
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It is an honest, everyday story. All characters could be any of us all. I enjoyed it.
Rachel
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really enjoyable read, I loved the characters and their life stories.
Helen Carolan
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading an old favourite before I tackle the sequel. Wonderful. Funny and sad in equal measure, had me laughing and crying. Hope the sequel is as good.
Vonprice
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book about female friendship.
Laura Koehlmann
I was not impressed. The story was hard to follow and didn't make sense at times.
Peter Tickler
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Struggled at the beginning, getting to grips with all the different people and I found the England -based part of the novel the least convincing, but it repaid perseverance and it was impossible not to warm to some of the characters.
Patty Wilds
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the characters and situations were believable.
Liz
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a feel-good book; I've just finished reading it and feel good. The book is narrated by Peggy and is about five women with distinct characters and follows their lives over many decades. I love the idea of women staying in touch with each other having gone their separate ways. But I suppose that the stories of these women are the history of women through the 20th century. From American airforce wives keeping quarters shipshape (!) four of the characters give an exposition of the rise of wo ...more
Stephanie Pieck
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I started this book and at first I thought: "Oh, this is a chic lit thing ..." I was only confirmed in my opinion when I started seeing recipes sprinkled in among the chapters, and the chapters were short. (Fried squirrel, anyone? My husband was interested; thankfully he didn't want the English recipe for boiled eel!) But as the book unfolded, the characters became distinct from one another, and the story drew me in. I finished the book in a marathon reading session that ended at 2 AM and had th ...more
Barbra
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book like I love all of her books. The characters were great - the book was corny and sweet but the women characters showed such strength and resilience. 4.5/5.

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In 1952, six women meet at the US Drampton Air Force Base in rural Norfolk, England. The sextet of military wives have in common husbands flying F-84s to keep the Russkies at bay. Five Americans (Betty Gillis, Lois Moon, Gayle Jackson, Audrey Rudman and Peggy Dewey) and the native (Kath Pharoah) are bored with
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Laurie Graham was first published at the advanced age of 40. She is the author of THE TEN O'CLOCK HORSES, PERFECT MERINGUES, THE DRESS CIRCLE, DOG DAYS GLENN MILLER NIGHTS, THE FUTURE HOMEMAKERS OF AMERICA, THE UNFORTUNATES, MR STARLIGHT, GONE WITH THE WINDSORS, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING KENNEDY, LIFE ACCORDING TO LUBKA, AT SEA, A HUMBLE COMPANION, THE LIAR'S DAUGHTER and THE GRAND DUCHESS OF NOWHER ...more
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