Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.
What an amazing story about the trials and tribulations that can take place between sisters. This was such a powerful story with many important side stories backing it up.
Ruth and Millie had to different childhoods due to the treatment from their mother and father (who never called his wife out on her behavior). Ruth was always portrayed as the ugly duckling who should take whatever she can get and be happy. On the flip side Millie was treated like the little princess that could do no wrong and deserved a prince (literally) to sweep her off her feet.
That type of behavior on behalf of their mother will cause a deep seated animosity between the girls.
This story also has issues revolving around domestic violence, abuse and bullying as well.
I highly recommend this book to many and it is one of my top picks of the year!
I'm going to pair this selection with The Pink Squirrel - doesn't it just sound fun?