'Three women, friends from childhood, wave their husbands off to war. Left behind, they must find ways to live through the subsequent tragic and turbulent years as they, their children and their country change. Remarkable and haunting.'
--Woman & Home
`The novel offers a heartbreaking triptych of people scrambling to cope with life.' --Sunday Telegraph
`This is a highly engaging tale of human endurance mingled with human fragility, and most importantly, the strength and courage derived from female friendship in the face of tragedy.' --Image magazine
'A moving saga of love and loss in the aftermath of war.' --Choice
`Beautifully written in rather poetic language, while being populated with complex, very real characters.' --Press Association
'The Second World War has drastically altered the lives of Babe, Grace and Millie. Each has married her first true love then watched them leave to fight. When 16 telegrams arrive at once they know that the heady and care-free days of post-war America will never return.'
`Intelligent, elegant and...moving' --Guardian
`Feldman writes beautifully about the women's progress from the darkest of times towards new lives. The small town is depicted as being claustrophobic but even it is not immune to the changing winds that the Civil Rights Movement, the sexual revolution and the coming Vietnam War will bring and the women deal with these changes in different ways. Her characters are vivid and believable - their lives at the same time small and hugely meaningful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book that says so much about changing times in such an understated way and throws light on those who stayed behind from war, but were no less heroic.' --Bookgeeks.co.uk
`As each woman struggles to rebuild a life, they face not only the challenges closest to home - the brutal effects of war, the question of remarriage, of how to tell a child about their absent father - but also the wider issues of a country in flux - sexism, racism, anti-Semitism. Tinged with tragedy, yet filled with hope, Next to Love is the story of three women at the heart of the century - a celebration of their friendship across decades of the most unthinkable adversity. It is a remarkable novel you are unlikely to forget.' --Artswrap.co.uk
`Feldman's tenderly told story' --Independent
"Haunting and profoundly moving . . . At turns brave, frustrating, and fragile, [Ellen] Feldman's characters live and love with breathtaking intensity."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"A remarkable novel driven by the powerful engine of most great literature: the yearning for a self."--Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain"
"An intimate look at how we can be dismantled and rebuilt by changing times."--"O: The Oprah Magazine"
"A deftly revealing . . . portrait of the changing face of America . . . heartbreaking reality."--"Marie Claire"
"An honest American experience of the aftermath of World War II rendered in sharp detail and full of pathos, "Next to Love" tells us what we hate to acknowledge--that personal battles don't end with the armistice."--Susan Vreeland, author of "Clara and Mr. Tiffany"