Tuesday, November 10, 2015
A Dangerous Age by Ellen Gilchrist
The attacks on 9-11 changed things for most Americans. In this novel, Ellen Gilchrist explores how things change in the lives of several women, all cousins, after this time in our country's history. The Hand family has been through several wars in their long history. This generation has strong females and most are affected in some way.
There is Olivia, who has Cherokee blood mixed with the Southern blood of the Hands. Olivia is a newspaper editor in Oklahoma, too busy for love and marriage. That all changes when she meets Bobby, marries him and becomes pregnant. He is in the military but safely in the States, where he flies drones whose actions take place overseas. He takes information from those on the ground and finds and targets insurgents. Louise is married to a recruiter who travels the country talking to young men and women and persuading them to consider joining the Army. Winnie meets and marries a wounded soldier, several years younger than herself but someone she feels a connection with instantly.
There are other cousins, like Tallulah, who is a tennis coach on the college circuit. There are fathers and grandparents, a whole web of family that encircles the cousins. But this is their story, how they live their lives, find love and start families and how they deal with war. What is it? Is it ever an appropriate response? What does a country do when attacked? Each of the women must work through their own thoughts and ideals to determine how they feel about the war and the degree to which being married to a military man affects their outlook. This book is recommended for those interested in strong family relationships and those interested in reading about how events affect those who live through them.