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Juliana: Volume 1: 1941-1944 by [Vanda]
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Length: 468 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Vanda is a novelist and playwright. Her play, Vile Attractions, was a Lambda National Literary Award Finalist. She has won numerous other playwrighting awards, among them is an Edward Albee Fellowship. Juliana is the first in a series of novels about modern gay history. Find out more on www.VandaWriter.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3059 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Sands Studio Press; 2 edition (28 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wow...What a beautifully written story! Although I typically dislike looking back at such an era that was obviously difficult for minorities, I enjoyed and truly appreciat the effort that went into putting it together and can't wait for the next one.
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I received a free copy for an honest review.

Julianna: Volume 1 (1941-1944) was a unique look at an often undiscussed subject of the era. The research put into this short novel is incredible and admirable. Vanda has taken the time to really explore the topic from the perspective of her main character, Al. An excellent novel, I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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This book is a complicated story that is fictional and yet wants to depict the New York City scene between 1941 (starting before the US entered the war) and 1944 (ending just before D-Day). What’s more it deals with the show business scene and it mixes real historical characters, hence real names, and some that I consider as fictional, like the Juliana of the title who I assume is white though I base this remark on the cover of the book.

The first element in the book is the impact of the war on the American society. First the at time ferocious patriotism of American men – and women. Men volunteer and enlist in the armed forces if they can or on their side if they can’t do more (age, handicaps, sexual orientation). This patriotism is both complete and never questioned. There is not one character who speaks against it and those who are excluded are vocally protesting against this ban or exclusion they consider unjust. The war also has an important impact on daily life with women having to work in the place of men: with restrictions and food stamps; with the opening of special entertaining centers for GIs with artists, music, dancing and of course drinks and food. Note artists are recruited with rather heavy arguments: patriotism again since they too have to contribute to the effort and to the morale of the troops. There is even a “mission” of artists going to Europe to entertain the troops in England, in Italy where the offensive is already going on and in Northern Africa.

The book is centered on six characters, three women and three men, a star of David or a number of Solomon of sorts. The first couple is Aggie and Dickie. It goes along with a second couple Alice and Danny. They come from some distant suburban or rural area to New York to have a career in showbiz.
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