The Age Of Hope [Hardcover] by David Bergen

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By the time Roy has become the prosperous owner of several car dealerships, and then loses it all when the industry goes bust, I was genuinely moved.
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Born in 1930 in a small town outside Winnipeg, beautiful Hope Koop appears destined to have a conventional life. Church, marriage to a steady young man, children - her fortunes are already laid out for her, as are the shiny modern appliances in her new home. All she has to do is stay with Roy, who loves her. But as the decades unfold, what seems to be a safe, predictable existence overwhelms Hope. Where - among the demands of her children, the expectations of her husband and the challenges of her best friend, Emily, who has just read The Feminine Mystique - is there room for her? And just who is she anyway? A wife, a mother, a woman whose life is somehow unrealized?

This beautifully crafted and perceptive work of fiction spans some fifty years of Hope Koop's life in the second half of the 20th century, from traditionalism to feminism and beyond. David Bergen has created an indelible portrait of a seemingly ordinary woman who struggles to accept herself as she is, and in so doing becomes unique. 

 

About David Bergen

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DAVID BERGEN is an award-winning author of five previousnovels and a collection of short stories. A Year of Lesser was a New York Times Notable Book and The Case of Lena S. wasa finalist for the Governor Generalās Award for Fiction. In 2005,Bergen won the Giller Prize for The Time in Between . His sixthnovel, The Matter with Morris , was shortlisted for the Giller Prizein 2010. A recent winner of the Writersā Trust Award for a writerin mid-career, Bergen lives with his family in Winnipeg.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Phyllis Bruce Books. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Sep 08 2012

The Age of Hope opens with a promising mix of tragedy and intrigue...but...Bergen’s attempts to elevate the mundane to the sublime too often never get off the ground.

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Reviewed by Zoe Whittall on Sep 14 2012

By the time Roy has become the prosperous owner of several car dealerships, and then loses it all when the industry goes bust, I was genuinely moved.

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Reviewed by Zoe Whittall on Sep 14 2012

Bergen took a risk, with a book that looks and sounds like forgettable book club fare, but is anything but. The risk paid off.

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