1939: Into The Dark

Paula Phe­lan
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By – September 9, 2011
This book is a fas­ci­nat­ing fic­tion­al account of the cul­tur­al and polit­i­cal events of the year 1939, told in 12 chap­ters, month by month. The rise of Hitler is fol­lowed close­ly in reports by a fic­tion­al war cor­re­spon­dent while enter­tain­ment news is tracked by anoth­er reporter. We learn about the pub­lic and behind-the-scenes details of the 1939 World’s Fair. The sto­ry pro­gress­es through the lives of a cast of char­ac­ters in New York and Hol­ly­wood, includ­ing a direc­tor, actors, musi­cians, dancers, poets, an archi­tect, and a patron of the arts who is also an arms mer­chant. Every­one is affect­ed by the impend­ing war, but some ignore it while oth­ers wish to take action. The fam­i­ly of one char­ac­ter is unable to get out of Europe and there is a pall of doom over the future. An inno­v­a­tive nov­el for teens and adults.
Miri­am Brad­man Abra­hams is a Cuban-born, Brook­lyn-raised, Long Island-resid­ing mom. She is Hadas­sah Nas­sau’s One Region One Book chair­la­dy, a free­lance essay­ist, and a cer­ti­fied yoga instruc­tor who has loved review­ing books for the JBC for the past ten years.

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