DECADES IS ABOUT THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN LIVING IN THE 40’s,50’s AND 60’s. THE ADORING HOUSEWIFE AND MOTHER, THE MISTRESS AND THE DAUGHTER EACH HAVE THEIR OWN STRUGGLES TO DEAL WITH. IT DOES SEEM THAT LIFE BACK IN THE 40’s WAS SIMPLER BUT THE CHOICES WOMEN HAD WERE LIMITED. THERE WAS MORE OPPORTUNITY AND FREEDOM IN THE 50’s BUT MORE CHALLENGES CAME FOR WOMEN WHO SOUGHT CAREERS. PEACE, LOVE AND JOY OF THE 60’s WAS A MESS OF EMOTIONS, DRUGS AND PROMISCUITY – SO MANY PEOPLE JUST TRYING TO FIND THEMSELVES! AND, OF COURSE, THERE IS A MAN IN THE MIX SCREWING UP EVERYONE’S LIVES WITH HIS CAREFREE AND ROGUE WAYS. IT REMINDED ME OF MY MOM’S LIFE – WAITING FOR HER BOYFRIEND TO RETURN FROM WWII TO MARRY HIM; BEING A DEVOTED WIFE AND MOTHER; GETTING A JOB AND EARNING HER OWN SPENDING MONEY LATER IN LIFE. LUCKILY MY FATHER WAS NOTHING LIKE NICK
PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT AND REVIEW:
THREE WOMEN. THREE DECADES. Spanning the years from the optimistic post-War 1940s to the Mad Men 1950s and rule-breaking “Make Love, Not War” 1960s, DECADES is about three generations of women who must confront the radical changes and upended expectations of the turbulent decades in which they lived.
Evelyn, talented but insecure, is a traditional woman of the 1940s. She is a loyal and loving wife and mother whose marriage and family mean everything to her.
Nick, handsome and ambitious, a chameleon who changes with the changing times, is her successful but restless husband.
Joy, their daughter, confused and defiant, a child of the 1960s, needs them both but is torn between them.
Barbara is the other woman, younger than Evelyn, accomplished but alone. She is a transitional woman of the 1950s who wonders if she can have everything–including another woman’s husband.
DECADES, sweeping in scope yet intimate in detail, is the emotional, compelling story of family, marriage, crisis, betrayal and healing.
“The songs we sang, the clothes we wore, the way we made love. Absolutely perfect!” —Publisher’s Weekly
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