Synopses & Reviews
In the early years of the 1940s, as the nation's young men ship off to combat, a city springs up, seemingly overnight in the fields of Oklahoma: the Van Damme airplane factory, a gargantuan complex dedicated to the construction of the necessary machinery of warfare. Laborers—mostly women—flock to this place, enticed by the opportunity to be something more than wife and homemaker. For Vi, fleeing a dying ranch; for Connie, following an unfaithful husband; for Diane, leaving behind the hot music and soldier boys to pursue something different, adult, and real; their journeys will be liberating in ways they couldn't previously imagine, and it will lead each of them to Prosper Olander—disabled artist, forger, friend, lover, and the true heart and soul of the temporary city—who will change their lives in profound and unexpected ways.
“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
“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
“Although nominally about life at an American aircraft factory during World War II, Crowleys complex and subtle novel is much grander. . . . Four Freedoms is also a triumph of both research and imagination. . . . A wonderful novel that readers wont soon forget.” Booklist (starred review)
“Four Freedoms is so rich and so evocative and so authentic.” Tom Brokaw
“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.perfectly captures an eraWWII Americawhen the chosen are overseas and the left-behind are granted a rare moment of possibility. Crowleys 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 novels present (19425) and lavishly detailed flashbacks to the characters earlier lives, Crowley creates a fascinating microcosm....More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of Americas most imaginative and accomplished novelists.” Kirkus Reviews (pointer) for FOUR FREEDOMS
“Brilliantly realized .... More rich, satisfying food for thought from one of Americas most imaginative and accomplished novelists.” Kirkus Reviews on FOUR FREEDOMS
"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 Byrons 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.
About the Author
John Crowley lives in the hills of northern Massachusetts with his wife and twin daughters. He is the author of ten previous novels as well as the short fiction collection, Novelties & Souvenirs.