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When It Was Our War: A Soldier's Wife on the Home Front

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When Stella Suberman wrote her first memoir, The Jew Store, at the age of seventy-six, she was widely praised for shedding light on a forgotten piece of American history-Jewish life in the rural South. In her new memoir, Suberman reveals yet another overlooked aspect of America's past — the domestic side of war.

Her story begins in the Miami Beach she grew up in, when hotel signs boasted Always a View, Never a Jew and where a passenger ship lingered just off shore carrying hundreds of European Jews hoping for — but never finding — sanctuary. It was a time of innocence, before that war in Europe became our war.

Stella was nineteen when America entered the fighting. By the time she was twenty-three, the war was over. She married Jack Suberman the week he enlisted and set out alone to join him in California. She was kicked off trains to make room for soldiers, her luggage was stolen, she was arrested for soliciting, but she was determined to follow her husband. And she did so for the next four years as he was sent from air base to air base, first training to be a bombardier and then training others. It wasn't until he was sent overseas to fly combat missions that she finally went back home to wait, as did so many other soldier's wives.

This remarkable memoir renders a double understanding of war — of how it matured a young woman and how it matured a country. By personalizing the patriotism of the 1940s, Stella Suberman's story becomes the story of all military wives and serves as a powerful reminder of how differently many Americans feel about war sixty years later.

Review:

"Suberman?s engaging memoir...is, at once, a touching romance, sharp social history, and a subtle diary of intellectual discovery. A remarkable story that resonates with intelligence and insight." Kirkus Reviews

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"[W]arm, simple yet artful....Suberman's narrative retains a calm, even tone....And she is equally matter-of-fact about the undercurrent of racism and anti-Semitism..." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

The author of the acclaimed memoir "The Jew Store" gives voice to the women of "the Greatest Generation," as she remembers World War II on the home front in this chronicle that begins when she was 19 years old and America entered the war.

Synopsis:

When Stella Suberman wrote her first memoir, The Jew Store, at the age of seventy-six, she was widely praised for shedding light on a forgotten piece of American history--Jewish life in the rural South. In her new memoir, Suberman reveals yet another overlooked aspect of America's past--the domestic side of war.

Her story begins in the Miami Beach she grew up in, when hotel signs boasted "Always a View, Never a Jew" and where a passenger ship lingered just off shore carrying hundreds of European Jews hoping for--but never finding--sanctuary. It was a time of innocence, before that war in Europe became our war.

Stella was nineteen when America entered the fighting. By the time she was twenty-three, the war was over. She married Jack Suberman the week he enlisted and set out alone to join him in California. She was kicked off trains to make room for soldiers, her luggage was stolen, she was arrested for soliciting, but she was determined to follow her husband. And she did so for the next four years as he was sent from air base to air base, first training to be a bombardier and then training others. It wasn't until he was sent overseas to fly combat missions that she finally went back home to wait, as did so many other soldier's wives.

This remarkable memoir renders a double understanding of war--of how it matured a young woman and how it matured a country. By personalizing the patriotism of the 1940s, Stella Suberman's story becomes the story of all military wives and serves as a powerful reminder of how differently many Americans feel about war sixty years later.

About the Author

Stella Suberman was born in Union City, Tennessee, the setting for her memoir, The Jew Store, and spent her teens in Miami Beach, Florida. After twenty years in North Carolina, she returned to Florida in 1966 as the administrative director of the Lowe Art Museum of the University of Miami. Now retired, she lives in Boca Raton.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565124035
Subtitle:
s Wife on the Home Front
Editor:
S. Ravenel
Author:
Suberman, Stella
Publisher:
A Shannon Ravenel Book
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Officers' spouses.
Subject:
Air Force spouses.
Subject:
Bomber pilots.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Children's Baby - History - Military
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY and AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY and AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Bomber pilots - United States
Subject:
Biography-Military
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Women
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Shannon Ravenel Books
Series Volume:
108-40
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
850x550

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Product details 320 pages Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - English 9781565124035 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Suberman?s engaging memoir...is, at once, a touching romance, sharp social history, and a subtle diary of intellectual discovery. A remarkable story that resonates with intelligence and insight."
"Review" by , "[W]arm, simple yet artful....Suberman's narrative retains a calm, even tone....And she is equally matter-of-fact about the undercurrent of racism and anti-Semitism..."
"Synopsis" by , The author of the acclaimed memoir "The Jew Store" gives voice to the women of "the Greatest Generation," as she remembers World War II on the home front in this chronicle that begins when she was 19 years old and America entered the war.
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When Stella Suberman wrote her first memoir, The Jew Store, at the age of seventy-six, she was widely praised for shedding light on a forgotten piece of American history--Jewish life in the rural South. In her new memoir, Suberman reveals yet another overlooked aspect of America's past--the domestic side of war.

Her story begins in the Miami Beach she grew up in, when hotel signs boasted "Always a View, Never a Jew" and where a passenger ship lingered just off shore carrying hundreds of European Jews hoping for--but never finding--sanctuary. It was a time of innocence, before that war in Europe became our war.

Stella was nineteen when America entered the fighting. By the time she was twenty-three, the war was over. She married Jack Suberman the week he enlisted and set out alone to join him in California. She was kicked off trains to make room for soldiers, her luggage was stolen, she was arrested for soliciting, but she was determined to follow her husband. And she did so for the next four years as he was sent from air base to air base, first training to be a bombardier and then training others. It wasn't until he was sent overseas to fly combat missions that she finally went back home to wait, as did so many other soldier's wives.

This remarkable memoir renders a double understanding of war--of how it matured a young woman and how it matured a country. By personalizing the patriotism of the 1940s, Stella Suberman's story becomes the story of all military wives and serves as a powerful reminder of how differently many Americans feel about war sixty years later.

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