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Laurie Graham's much-anticipated novel The Future Homemakers of America introduces us to five American Air force wives stationed at a US airbase in the Norfolk Fens in 1953, the year of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Initially, the women have little in common, except their nationality and husbands who fly with the 68th bomber wing, but they eventually start to socialise.
It soon becomes clear, however, that all is not as it seems. Glamorous redhead Lois is bored with her lot and longs to explore life beyond the confines of the base; when she does, though, the consequences are not quite what she expected. Betty, a true organiser and the most obvious homemaker of the group, makes excellent chocolate brownies and is a wonderful mother but one wonders whether her marriage is all it seems. Her friends aren't quite sure but support her all the same. And there are other hidden dynamics too: the women dare not speak of their fears for their husbands who are warding off potential threats from the Soviets.
As the women expand their horizons, they also get to know some wary locals who live in shocking material circumstances in a grieving England barely recovered from World War II. The glamorous "yanks" befriend the down-to-earth but reticent Kath and mysterious John Pharaoh and subsequently become ministering angels as they dispense freebies and treats to their new friends. But their actions turn out to be much more than "do-gooding". The women themselves are changed by the people and events they encounter in the Norfolk countryside.
Throughout The Future Homemakers of America Graham leads us effortlessly and convincingly on as we follow the lives of the characters across time and geography. All the while, she gives us humorous and often tender insights about women living, loving and adapting--and the forging of bonds that can last a lifetime. --Christina Mcloughlin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'She has wit and insight to match Nick Hornby, and the entertainment value of Helen Fielding, as well as depth. Her novel traces the lives of Peggy and five female friends – one British – from the 1950s to the present, against a background of landmark events. It amounts to a picture of the way women's lives have changed, without ever sacrificing the particular to the generalisation.' Nicolette Jones, Independent
‘Superlative. The writing sparkles from first to last’ David Robson, Sunday Telegraph
‘This novel crackles with energy and snappy American dialogue. Laurie Graham conjures up five tough, funny, mouthy women, thrown together at an American airbase in Norfolk. Kath, a typical Brit with a chilly exterior and warm heart, is drawn into their generous circle. Graham has pulled off an absolute triumph; the voice of her sassy narrator, the redoubtable Peggy, never falters as she unfolds 40 years of friendship.’ Georgia Metcalfe, Daily Mail
‘Laugh-out-loud funny; intelligent; moving; has more delicious roll-off-the-tongue one-liners than Seinfeld. One of those books you buy six copies of to send to all your old friends.’ Julie Morrice, ScotsmanSee all Product Description
I rarely give a five-star review for anything, but I'm happy to after devouring this book in a weekend. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Ruby150
Did not enjoy this book. It is about small time life and gossipPublished 1 month ago by Cheryl Percival
I am a great fan of Laurie Graham and this book didn't disappoint. The characters were well drawn and the story kept me engrossed to the end. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Katkin
Good quality used book. Just loved the book, she sets the tone just right for me. Have just read her book on the Kennedy family, just as good and very insightful.Published on 19 Sept. 2013 by Martin J S Palmer
Loved it, loved it, loved it!
Will read more by this author, seemed authentic, compares with personal friendships which I have held dear for 43 years.
I have only just started writing reviews on books I have read and I am now trying to write reviews of anything I have read in the last few months so my memory is being tested!!! Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2013 by MrsP
I found this book light reading and fun to take away on holiday. The time covered by the novel meant that the book was fairly light hearted although it did try to cover a serious... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2011 by chriscrossquiz
I borrowed this book recently from a friend on her recommmendation. I can honestly say it is one of the best books I have read in the last 12 months. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2011 by Amazon Customer
This is an engaging book - I liked the period newspaper cuttings and recipes - especially the refigerator cake! Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2007 by M. Drake