December First is the story of the twentieth century told, decade by decade, through the eyes of ten different young girls. Reading this book, we encounter the America experience in an original and poignant new way. The characters we meet are unforgettable and real; a young Welsh immigrant at the turn of the century, trying her fortune in the New World, a would-be flapper in the 1920s unknowingly about to be engulfed in the Great Depression, a free spirit in the 1960s whose life is destroyed by drugs. The stories, told through letters and diary entries, each one dated on December First, provide a rich texture; and as the layer of years builds, and the larger issues of love, injustice and death repeat themselves, one wonders; have times, and young girls, really changed so fundamentally since the century began?
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Published December 6, 2000
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction.