Four Freedoms

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Pub Date: 2010-05-18 Pages: 400 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US One of the most admired and honored of our contemporary literary artists. author John Crowley now brilliantly re-creates a time in America when ordinary people were asked to sacrifice their comforts and uproot their lives for the cause of freedom. In the early years of the 1940s. as the nations young men ship off to war. the call goes out for builders of the machinery necessary to defeat the enemy. To this purpose. a city ??has sprung up seemingly overnight in the windswept fields of Oklahoma: the Van Damme airplane factory. a gargantuan complex dedicated to the construction of the B-30 Pax. the largest bomber ever built Laborers-some men. but mostly women. many of. whom have never operated a rivet gun or held a screwdriver-flock to this place. eager to earn. to grow. to do their part. Many are awa...

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"So rich and so evocative and so authentic." --Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation

"John Crowley is a virtuoso of metaphor, a peerless recreator of living moments, of small daily sublimities." --New York Times Book Review

From the critically acclaimed author of Lord Byron's Novel and The Translator comes a novel set in World War II America that follows the stories of a group of aircraft factory workers--in particular, the enigmatic figure of draftsman Prosper Olander. Named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the Washington Post, Four Freedoms is a beautifully crafted story of liberation and redemption from an author who has been compared to Robertson Davies, Thomas Mann, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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""Four Freedoms".perfectly captures an era-WWII America-when the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley's extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end." -- San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick

"Four Freedoms".perfectly captures an era WWII America when the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley s extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end. --San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick

"One gets the feeling that Crowley loves observing women because he captures them so precisely and so intimately....FOUR FREEDOMS goes back in time... bringing us stories filled with love, loss, integrity, and heart."--www.about.com

"Brilliantly realized .... More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of America's most imaginative and accomplished novelists."--Kirkus Reviews on FOUR FREEDOMS

"Ultimately, the significance of "Four Freedoms" lies in its thoroughness, the sheer specificity. . . . The result is an accessible, painstakingly crafted work that offers many pleasures and rewards. It could be the novel that finally brings Crowley the wide attention he has long deserved."--Washington Post

""Four Freedoms" is so rich and so evocative and so authentic."--Tom Brokaw

"In a tricky narrative that weaves in and out of the novel's present (1942-5) and lavishly detailed flashbacks to the characters' earlier lives, Crowley creates a fascinating microcosm....More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of America's most imaginative and accomplished novelists."--Kirkus Reviews (pointer) for FOUR FREEDOMS

""Four Freedoms".perfectly captures an era--WWII America--when the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley's extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end."--San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick

Ultimately, the significance of "Four Freedoms" lies in its thoroughness, the sheer specificity. . . . The result is an accessible, painstakingly crafted work that offers many pleasures and rewards. It could be the novel that finally brings Crowley the wide attention he has long deserved. --Washington Post"

"Four Freedoms."perfectly captures an eraWWII Americawhen the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley s extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end. --San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick"

John Crowley is a virtuoso of metaphor, a peerless recreator of living moments, of small daily sublimities. And his latest novel, "Four Freedoms," is in many ways his most unguarded and imaginative work. --New York Times Book Review"

Brilliantly realized .... More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of America s most imaginative and accomplished novelists. --Kirkus Reviews on FOUR FREEDOMS"

Although nominally about life at an American aircraft factory during World War II, Crowley s complex and subtle novel is much grander. . . . "Four Freedoms" is also a triumph of both research and imagination. . . . A wonderful novel that readers won t soon forget. --Booklist (starred review)"

One gets the feeling that Crowley loves observing women because he captures them so precisely and so intimately....FOUR FREEDOMS goes back in time... bringing us stories filled with love, loss, integrity, and heart. --www.about.com"

"Four Freedoms" is so rich and so evocative and so authentic. --Tom Brokaw"

"Four Freedoms."perfectly captures an era WWII America when the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley s extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end. --San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick"

In a tricky narrative that weaves in and out of the novel s present (1942 5) and lavishly detailed flashbacks to the characters earlier lives, Crowley creates a fascinating microcosm....More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of America s most imaginative and accomplished novelists. --Kirkus Reviews (pointer) for FOUR FREEDOMS"

"Ultimately, the significance of Four Freedoms lies in its thoroughness, the sheer specificity. . . . The result is an accessible, painstakingly crafted work that offers many pleasures and rewards. It could be the novel that finally brings Crowley the wide attention he has long deserved."--Washington Post

"Four Freedoms.perfectly captures an era--WWII America--when the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowley's extraordinary characters and the poignant, funny, disturbing ways they find to connect with one another make you wish this war would never end."--San Francisco Chronicle, Top-Shelf Fiction Pick

"John Crowley is a virtuoso of metaphor, a peerless recreator of living moments, of small daily sublimities. And his latest novel, Four Freedoms, is in many ways his most unguarded and imaginative work."--New York Times Book Review

"Although nominally about life at an American aircraft factory during World War II, Crowley's complex and subtle novel is much grander. . . . Four Freedoms is also a triumph of both research and imagination. . . . A wonderful novel that readers won't soon forget."--Booklist (starred review)

"Four Freedoms is so rich and so evocative and so authentic."--Tom Brokaw

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