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Title:
The wartime sisters
ISBN:
9781250140708
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.

©2019
Physical Description:
ix, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer's wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a "soldier of production." Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.
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For fans of Lilac Girls , the next powerful novel from the author of Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist The Two-Family House about two sisters working in a WWII armory, each with a deep secret.

" Loigman's strong voice and artful prose earn her a place in the company of Alice Hoffman and Anita Diamant, whose readers should flock to this wondrous new book." --Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan's Tale

"The Wartime Sisters shows the strength of women on the home front: to endure, to fight, and to help each other survive." --Jenna Blum, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Lost Family and Those Who Save Us

Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer's wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a "soldier of production." Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.

"One of my favorite books of the year." --Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Masterpiece

"A stirring tale of loyalty, betrayal, and the consequences of long-buried secrets." --Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of The Edge of Lost and Sold on a Monday


Author Notes

Lynda Cohen Loigman grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a law degree from Columbia Law School. Lynda practiced trusts and estates law in New York City for eight years before moving out of the city to raise her two children with her husband. She wrote The Two-Family House while she was a student of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. The Two-Family House was chosen by Goodreads as a best book of the month for March, 2016, and was nominee for the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards in Historical Fiction. The Wartime Sisters is her second novel.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Estranged sisters seek connection and purpose at the Springfield Armory during the tumult of WWII in this novel of productive rivalries from Loigman (The Two-Family House). Ruth and Millie Kaplan have been at odds from the beginning. As children, they were labeled by their parents-and their tightly knit Jewish community in Brooklyn-as the brains and the beauty, respectively. Growing up, Ruth seethed as she felt obligated to fix her little sister's mistakes. Meanwhile, Millie soaked in all the male attention, but also aspired to be more than just someone's trophy wife. When unexpected tragedy breaks the family apart, Ruth leaves Brooklyn for Springfield, Mass., to stay with extended family, while Millie stays behind, gets married, and only rarely writes her sister. Years later, at the height of WWII, Millie and her young son shows up on Ruth's doorstep, forcing to the surface their long-closeted frustrations. Together with a cast of motivated women from all classes of society, Ruth and Millie navigate old lies as well as newfound alliances and enemies within the Springfield Armory, where they all work to help the war effort. With measured, lucid prose, Loigman tells a moving story of women coming together in the face of difficulties, both personal and global, and doing anything to succeed. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

A lifetime of regret and resentment bubbles to the surface at a WWII armory in this tensely emotional novel. Although Ruth and Millie are sisters, the serious older sister, Ruth, seems to live in a world apart from the beautiful Millie, who is doted on by her parents and beseeched for dates by besotted neighborhood boys during their years growing up in Brooklyn. While Ruth marries and starts a family, Millie's handsome but ill-mannered boyfriend, Lenny, meets the full obstinate opposition of their mother, who harbors fantasies of a wealthy man whisking both mother and daughter away. The sisters drift apart, until Millie reveals that Lenny is gone, and she comes to stay with Ruth at the armory where her husband works. Under the stress of wartime and the watchful eyes of their fellow residents at the armory, secrets both sisters have kept threaten to break apart the fragile domestic harmony they have established. With a perceptive lens on the challenges of whittling away grievances that have built up over years, The Wartime Sisters is a powerful pressure cooker of a family drama.--Bridget Thoreson Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Loigman's second novel (after The Two-Family House) follows Jewish sisters Ruth and Millie Kaplan from their childhood in Brooklyn to adulthood living at an armory base in Springfield, MA, during World War II. The elder by three years, Ruth is held to almost impossible standards, while Millie, with her striking looks and pleasing manner, gets away with almost anything. Possible suitors for Ruth always end up pursuing the younger, more beautiful Millie. After their parents die unexpectedly and Millie loses her husband, Lenny, the sisters end up together. Ruth's husband, Arthur, is an army officer, which allows Ruth to work a prestigious job in payroll, while Millie becomes a soldier of production in an armory factory. Resentment and jealousy intensify as Millie again becomes the beloved center of Ruth's social circle. Then a stranger arrives and long-buried secrets are revealed, leaving the sisters a chance at a hopeful future. Loigman provides a behind-the-scenes look, in alternating points of view, at women fighting their own wars at home. VERDICT Readers will enjoy the heartfelt picture of women's daily life during wartime through the eyes of two extraordinary sisters. Recommended for historical fiction fans of Pam Jenoff and Kate Morton.-Laura Jones, Argos Community Schs., IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.