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Elizabeth Berg, bestselling author of The Art of Mending and The Year of Pleasures, has a rare talent for revealing her characters hearts and minds in a manner that makes us empathize completely. Her new novel, We Are All Welcome Here, features three women, each struggling against overwhelming odds for her own kind of freedom.

It is the summer of 1964. In Tupelo, Mississippi, the town of Elviss birth, tensions are mounting over civil-rights demonstrations occurring ever more frequently-and violently-across the state. But in Paige Dunns small, ramshackle house, there are more immediate concerns. Challenged by the effects of the polio she contracted during her last month of pregnancy, Paige is nonetheless determined to live as normal a life as possible and to raise her daughter, Diana, in the way she sees fit-with the support of her tough-talking black caregiver, Peacie.

Diana is trying in her own fashion to live a normal life. As a fourteen-year-old, she wants to make money for clothes and magazines, to slough off the authority of her mother and Peacie, to figure out the puzzle that is boys, and to escape the oppressiveness she sees everywhere in her small town. What she can never escape, however, is the way her life is markedly different from others. Nor can she escape her ongoing responsibility to assist in caring for her mother. Paige Dunn is attractive, charming, intelligent, and lively, but her needs are great-and relentless.

As the summer unfolds, hate and adversity will visit this modest home. Despite the difficulties thrust upon them, each of the women will find her own path to independence, understanding, and peace. And Dianas mother, so mightily compromised, will end up giving her daughter an extraordinary gift few parents could match.


The bestselling author of "The Art of Mending" and "The Year of Pleasures" follows the story of three women in 1965, Tupelo, Mississippi, each struggling against overwhelming odds for her own kind of freedom.

About the Author

Elizabeth Berg is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including We Are All Welcome Here, The Year of Pleasures, The Art of Mending, Say When, True to Form, Never Change, and Open House, which was an Oprahs Book Club selection in 2000. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for the ABBY Award in 1996. The winner of the 1997 New England Booksellers Award for her body of work, Berg is also the author of a nonfiction work, Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True. She lives in Chicago.

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sdbenjamin, July 18, 2007 (view all comments by sdbenjamin)
We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
Paige Dunn contracted polio while nine months pregnant and miraculously gave birth to her to her daughter , Diana ,in an iron long. With remarkable courage and an undefeatable spirit she decides to raise her daughter herself, though she can only move her head and needs assistance to breathe. With the help of an African American carer, Peacie, who has strength of character and fierce loyalty, they raise Diane well, despite poverty and the racial unrest of the time in Tupelo, Tennessee As Diana navigates her thirteenth year she must come to terms not only with her own adolescent changes, but with the prejudice against the ones she loves.
Elizabeth Berg, as always, tells the story from the hearts of the characters, with beauty and truth. With an easy attention to detail you enter the world and the era and take the journey along with Diana, and share her joys, sadness and confusion, and you won?t want to leave.
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Berg, Elizabeth
Ballantine Books
Ellizabeth Berg
Historical - General
Mothers and daughters
Historical fiction
Domestic fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
fiction;polio;mississippi;disability;mothers and daughters;race relations;novel;elvis;historical fiction;civil rights movement;african americans;disabilities;1960s;family;mother-daughter relationships;civil rights;coming of age;paralysis;iron lung
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