The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club enjoys historical fiction, especially books about the World War II era. The September selection was an example of this. “Dream While You’re Feeling Blue” by Elizabeth Berg is set in Chicago in 1943. It is a story of three sisters, their lively Irish family and the men they love. Book Club members recommend this book as an interesting read.
As the novel opens, Kitty and Louise Heaney say goodbye to their boyfriends, Julian and Michael, who are leaving to fight overseas. The young men are anxious to serve their country and win the war. At home the Heaney family is deeply involved in the war efforts – food rationing, metal drives and anything to help the troops. Patriotism was an important focus of the family. The Heaney sisters sit at the kitchen table every night writing letters to soldiers serving our country. In the letters the sisters send and receive are intimate glimpses of life both on the battlefront and at home. The girls attend USO dances as another way to give support. Kitty gives up a job as a department clerk to work in an airplane factory – not nearly as glamorous as the department store make up counter – but very patriotic. The book gives a look into life during war time, the power of love and the enduring strength of family.
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