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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,758 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen Feldman Narrator: Abby Craden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in a small town in Massachusetts, Next to Love follows three childhood friends, Babe, Millie, and Grace, whose lives are unmoored when their men are called to duty. And yet the changes that are thrust upon them move them in directions they never dreamed possible—while their husbands and boyfriends are enduring their own transformations. In the decades that follow, the three friends lose their innocence, struggle to raise their children, and find meaning and love in unexpected places. And as they change, so does America—from a country in which people know their place in the social hierarchy to a world in which feminism, the Civil Rights movement, and technological innovations present new possibilities—and uncertainties. And yet Babe, Millie, and Grace remain bonded by their past, even as their children grow up and away and a new society rises from the ashes of the war.
Beautifully crafted and unforgettable, Next to Love depicts the enduring power of love and friendship, and illuminates a transformational moment in American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An honest American experience of the aftermath of World War II rendered in sharp detail and full of pathos, Next to Love tells us what we hate to acknowledge—that personal battles don’t end with the armistice.”

    Susan Vreeland, author of Clara and Mr. Tiffany

  • “An intimate look at how we can be dismantled and rebuilt by changing times.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Haunting and profoundly moving…At turns brave, frustrating, and fragile, [Ellen] Feldman’s characters live and love with breathtaking intensity.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paige | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and it was a good summer read. However, due to various life circumstances, I read it quite slowly, which I think kept me from getting as invested in the characters as I otherwise might have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rita | 2/2/2014

    " I liked it and loved the characters. I couldn't give it 4 stars because I found the back and forth dating of the chapters was confusing. It went forward and backward within a dated segment and you had to figure exactly where you were in the time frame. Still I would recommend this book as an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lee Yahnker | 1/27/2014

    " Although I felt the ending was a bit of a letdown I really enjoyed this book. The characters were believable and the story lines were interesting. The only suggestion I would have for the author is that she makes sure that items she mentions in her book have been invented in the timeframe the book was written. Overall well written and highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 1/26/2014

    " Covering two of my favorite eras and settings, Next to Love follows three friends from their WWII marriages through the Civil Rights era. The irony of the three women's outcomes and how they see each other is probably fairly true-to-life We all think someone else has it easier, but a story like this really shows you how we're all struggling. The only thing I didn't care for was the jumping back and forth in the timelines. Flashbacks are typically ok, but the forward a few years, back a few years, forward again threw me off a little. "

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