She's pregnant as the book opens, but you wouldn't know it. Jack Woodville London embarks successfully on his projected trilogy exploring some delicate domestic affairs. He weaves narrative with correspondence with news flashes - revealing the difficult times of Virginia, the young woman who finds herself with child and unmarried amidst World War II in a small
The emotional action in the novel builds through a series of deceptions. Obviously the pretend marriage is there.
As a work, poignant without the syrup, patriotic yet glancing under the table, the novel is less a romance, more historical and social commentary. If you've been advantaged to have lived in a small town, you'll the little hallmarks, the kindnesses, the grudges, and the lack of a good place to hide your private French letters.
French Letters was a finalist for 2 awards: Best Historical Fiction of the Year, By The Military Writer's Society of America & The William C. Morris Award, for Best Southern Fiction in 2009.
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