Once again, with charm and heart, Ann McLaughlin brings to life a tumultuous period of U.S, history as she probes and delves into a father-daughter relationship that is sometimes a seesaw, sometimes a dance. This is a wise novel.
C.M. Mayo, author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire
Ann L. McLaughlin has a well-deserved reputation for her novels about complex family relationships in stories set against the backdrop of watershed crises in American history. McLaughlins new novel, Amy and George, takes place in 1937-1938, with Europe about to crumble under the Third Reich. George Baldwin, the new Dean
of the Harvard Law School, is also involved in Roosevelts New Deal and has little time for his family.
This novel does a masterful job of balancing the looming world events with such domestic issues as infidelity, a troubled marriage, an angry butler, and especially the strong, imperfect relationship between George, an overworked father, and Amy, his insecure nine-year-old daughter.
Amy is unhappy in her new school, shes jealous of her younger sister, she doesnt understand why her parents forbid her to make friends with the butler, and mainly
she yearns for her fathers approval, which always seems beyond her grasp.
The novel alternates between Amy and George's points of view and culminates in a shocking crisis. And yet in the end, Amy and George realize they have gained a new understanding of each other.
Ann L. McLaughlin grew up in Cambridge, MA. She has published seven novels and has had fellowships at the Virginia Center, Yaddo, and The Studios of Key West. She is on the board of The Writers Center in Bethesda, MD, where she has taught for many years.