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Melinda Kregg comes from a privileged Virginia family, but after her father, ruined by the Depression, kills himself so that his family can live on his insurance money, she knows that the debutante's life that her mother has planned for her will be a sham. Her conscience stirred, she volunteers for the Red Cross, and at the tender age of twenty becomes embroiled in a bloody Kentucky coal miners' strike. Acting out of mercy and concern for the welfare of the impoverished miners' families, she is suspected of being...
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Overview

Melinda Kregg comes from a privileged Virginia family, but after her father, ruined by the Depression, kills himself so that his family can live on his insurance money, she knows that the debutante's life that her mother has planned for her will be a sham. Her conscience stirred, she volunteers for the Red Cross, and at the tender age of twenty becomes embroiled in a bloody Kentucky coal miners' strike. Acting out of mercy and concern for the welfare of the impoverished miners' families, she is suspected of being a Communist and dismissed from the Red Cross. And as she goes from this battlefield to others - the Spanish Civil War, where she meets her idealistic husband, Tye Dunston; London during World War II; and back to the South during the civil rights movement - she continues to risk being misunderstood, in order to do what her heart compels her is right.

A narrative borne on the exhilarating currents of memory, Choices is the story of a courageous woman who puts compassion ahead of society's expectations of her. When her father kills himself during the Depression, so that the family can live on his insurance money, Melinda realizes that she will not be happy leading the genteel life and joins the Red Cross.

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Written with urgency, conviction and grace, this keenly observed story of one woman's passage through the storms of the 20th century is Settle's best book since the novels in the Beulah Quintet. Her protagonist, born Melinda Mason Kregg in the early 1900s into a genteel, wealthy Richmond family, is a frivolous society deb until her father's death shocks her into social activism. Now the widowed Lady Dunston, at 83 she lies dying at her villa on an island off Italy, reflecting on her life. The first time Melinda makes a choice about the direction of her life is in 1931, when she joins the Red Cross and is sent to Harlan, Ky., where striking coal miners are being starved and brutalized by greedy mine owners. In Spain, she drives an ambulance through the carnage of the Civil War and experiences the futility of idealism when the major nations of the world cynically support Franco. In England, she endures the privation and danger of WWII, while her physician husband, also a veteran of the International Brigade, literally works himself to death. Back in America, she is drawn into the racial unrest of her native South through the heroism of the youthful freedom riders. Melinda's commitment to humanitarian principles and social justice is a gradual process; it's decency of character and a sensitive conscience that force her to eschew the safe, conventional path and take the harder road. Settle textures her narrative with a remarkable knowledge of period detail and an artist's eye for scenes that become emblazoned on the mind: desperate miners' families meeting in a church; a mass of Spanish refugees being strafed by Franco's airplanes; a London neighborhood destroyed by a V-2 bomb; a trio of polite Southerners preparing to lynch a white youth who has ``betrayed'' their side. Distilling the essence of some of our century's most pressing political and social issues, she humanizes them through complex, appealing characters. The theme is larger than one woman's life, but it's animated and made memorable by that very conjunction of the personal with the tides of historical events. This is a solid literary novel with sure sales potential. Author tour.
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Southern belle Melinda rejects gentility for a life of commitment. From the author of the National Book Award Winner Blood Ties LJ 8/77.
Brad Hooper
From social debutante to gutsy old lady, Melinda Kregg Dunston has led a life no one would have expected of her. Born into high society in Richmond, Virginia, she decides early on that one's own wants and desires should take a backseat to helping others. As a young woman--this is 1931--she throws over the traces to help the poor coal miners of Kentucky. It doesn't take long--she's a quick study--before she embroils herself in political and social activism, to which she devotes the rest of her long life, an involvement that takes her to such places as Spain in the throes of civil war, England while it was being bombed by the Nazis, and Mississippi during the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. We should all hope to look back on a life as meaningful as hers; what makes her not only admirable but likable is Settle's experienced, nimble, and gracious hand at configuring a hero who, at the same time, is a very real person. Settle has a legion of admirers whose esteem will grow with the appearance of her latest novel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385476997
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.59 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2004

    Good history lesson but not as wide as I wanted.

    I learned so much in this novel. Ironies and awfulness of miners fighting the system(s)(whether it be Capitalists, Communists or Liberals!) and the complexities of the people Spanish War and WWII....and all with a sympathetic heart. But it seems like there is a distance between the author, the ever busy Melinda and the rest of the cast. Melinda sees so much death at each stop. Somehow I didn't 'feel' her losses. Even when she loses her first and second husbands.

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