I’ve been on a World War 2 kick in my readings and this one was another quick read by my one of favorite authors Lynn Austin.
While We’re Far Apart follows the story of Penny, a young lady who offers to take care of two kids, as their Dad ships off to war. Also in mix is the Jewish landlord Mr. Mendel.
While the story of the characters is fiction, I don’t think this is too far off from what was reality for many people during World War II. While men fought around the globe, people at home were also making sacrifices, enduring hardships and living with the many changes that came.
I enjoyed the story because Austin is able to draw you in quickly. You experience what life was like, the way many women changed because they took on roles they never had before and not only the wives and mothers, but their children as well. It also brings to light how many American Jewish people were treated (both good and bad). I can’t help but be reminded of the sacrifices that generation made to make the world a better place. I definitely recommend it! Check out this and Austin’s other novels here!