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Evergreen [NOOK Book]

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The towering modern classic of passion and  ambition that forever changed the way we see the  courageous immigrants who came to America's shores -- the  story of Anna Friedman transfixes us with the  turbulent emotions of a woman and her family touched  by war, tragedy, and the devastating secrets of one  forbidden love... bittersweet and evergreen.

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Overview

The towering modern classic of passion and  ambition that forever changed the way we see the  courageous immigrants who came to America's shores -- the  story of Anna Friedman transfixes us with the  turbulent emotions of a woman and her family touched  by war, tragedy, and the devastating secrets of one  forbidden love... bittersweet and evergreen.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A magnificent story...this beautifully written  book will be treasured and reread for many years to  come." -- Library Journal.  

"A grand, sweeping panorama...richly written,  finely detailed...vivid and memorable." --  Daily News.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307574626
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/16/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 67,559
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Belva  Plain
Belva Plain captured readers' hearts with her first novel, Evergreen, which Delacorte published more than 30 years ago. It topped the New York Times best-seller list for 41 weeks and aired as an NBC-TV miniseries. In total, more than 20 of her books have been New York Times best sellers.
 
Before becoming a novelist,  Belva Plain wrote short stories for many major magazines, but taking care of a husband and three children did not give her the time to concentrate on the novel she had always wanted to write. When she looked back and said she didn't have the time, she felt as though she had been making excuses. In retrospect, she said, "I didn't make the time." But, she reminded us, during the era that she was raising her family, women were supposed to concentrate only on their children. Today 30 million copies of her books are in print.
 
A Barnard College graduate who majored in history,  Belva Plain enjoyed a wonderful marriage of more than 40 years to Irving Plain, an ophthalmologist. Widowed for more than 25 years, Ms. Plain continued to reside in New Jersey, where she and her husband had raised their family and which was still home to her nearby children and grandchildren until her death in October 2010.

Biography

Belva Plain captured readers' hearts with her first novel, Evergreen (1978), published when the author was a grandmother. It topped The New York Times bestseller list for 41 weeks and aired as an NBC-TV miniseries in 1985. In all, twenty of her novels appeared on The New York Times best-seller list.

Before she became a novelist, Belva Plain wrote short stories for many major magazines (she sold her first story to Cosmopolitan), but taking care of a husband and three children did not give her the time to concentrate on the novel she always wanted to write. In retrospect, she said, "I didn't make the time." Now, with well over 25 million copies of her books in print, translated into 22 languages, her fans can be grateful she demonstrated a better-late-than-never attitude.

A Barnard College graduate who majored in history, Belva Plain enjoyed a wonderful marriage of more than 40 years to Irving Plain, an ophthalmologist, who died in 1982. She lived most of her life in New Jersey where she and her husband raised their family. Belva Plain died at her home in October 2010. She was 95.

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Good To Know

Plain's first short story was published in Cosmopolitan magazine when she was twenty-five; her first novel was published nearly forty years later.

When she wasn't writing, Plain enjoyed opera, ballet, nature, history, dogs, and reading.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      October 9, 1915
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      October 12, 2010
    2. Place of Death:
      Short Hills, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Barnard College

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    Hauntingly unforgettable

    Having read this book when it was first published, I found it so memorable I saved it for my daughter who is now 30. She, in turn, put it away for her own. It is definitely a "must read", even for Irish-American Catholics like us.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

    Profound Novel

    This is one of a handful of novels that had a profound influence on me. I was a sophomore in college when I read it, and then embarked on studies in Jewish American history because I was so moved by the characters and their stories. Plain is a master at the art of sagas.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    A Masterpiece

    A truly moving book! It captivates you and draws you in from the first page. You read it and you live it. There is a realistic plot filled with hopes, dreams, love, and true sorrow. Possibly one of the best novels ever written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2001

    Excellent

    I consider it the best book I ever read and I read all the time. I read it for the first time 15 years ago and just read it again and loved it again!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2001

    An Awesome book worth reading

    An excellent book worth reading. This book captivates you and pulls you on to read more. Definatly a book to be read over and over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 1999

    this book was horrible

    I thought Evergreen was poorly written and the characters seemed like they weren't even real people. It wasn't romantic at all, just boring. I couldn't even finish it. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone except maybe to my worst enemy.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    To Holly

    I've never had my first kiss because I am still young. But here is my advise. If he keeps eyeing you with a little look in his eye, thenn you know he wants to kiss you. But before you kiss him, wait till the look gets bigger. Two more pieces of advice. One, pop a breath mint. Two, DON'T FORCE THE KISS!!!!!! Thanks for reading! †‡Ashlynn‡†

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    To Holly

    Well, I have never kissed anyone either, but I say get comfortable with him and get in the moment. Kiss him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    To Holly

    For your first kiss, do not, and l mean, DO NOT, try french kissing, or weird movements with the tongue. Gently press your lips against his. Hold his hands, or put your hands around his neck. Don't leave your arms hanging limply by your sides. Lastly, pop a breath mint in your mouth before you kiss. Hope this helps!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Sooooo

    Were are u holly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Highly Recommend--even if you have read before!!!

    I think it has been probably over 20 years since I first read Evergreen and I am so glad I decided to re-read it!!!!! It is an amazing book and a MUST READ. It is the novel that started Belva Plain on her wonderful career and even though she went on to write many more books, this is still my favorite. The writing has a way to make the characters come alive in your head. I love the generations and the webbing of the story and all the characters. I could go on and on. It is a quick read because you won't be able to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Long and boring

    This is the first book I've read by Belva Plan and, I'm sorry, but it will be the only one. I did not enjoy her writing style. For such a long and tragic story it lacked emotion. She killed off so many of the key characters! At the points where there was high drama it was anticlimatic. It felt so monotonal. I don't understand this author's high acclaim. Dull, dull, dull. I did not find this to be such a great story. The writing was lackluster.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Please read

    Wow , never felt like oer 600 pages. Enjoyed every moment of this book.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    The best novel I've ever read!!!

    The best novel I've ever read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Highly recommend if you are a Belva Plain fan.

    This was Belva Plain's first novel. I read it many years ago and enjoyed it again just as much as the first time. She is a gifted author who has mastered character development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Pretty good.

    This book can be put down and picked up again without losing the plot line. The characters are good, story is pretty good, but not a page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    GreenClan: a forgotten clan: forgotten rpers: rp them!

    The's are the cats of GrassClan that left us around June and August. 1.) Skycloud- a white she with purple eyes 2.) Wolfpelt- a brown and bck tom with yellow eyes(looks like a wolf) 3.) Blacksoul- a black tom with brown eyes 4.) Mintdream- a grey shecat with green eyes. 5.) Maplefall- a light brown shecat with blue eyes 6.) Featherwing- a dark grey tom with hazle eyes 7.) Nightbird- a black tom with blue eyes and a light brown tear mark above his nose. 8.) Battle- a white she with brown eyes 9.) Halofire- a orange red shecat with blue eyes 10.) Spottedpaw- a calico she med cat apprentice with blue eyes 11.) Treepaw- a brown tom with green eyes 12.) Ivypaw- a dark gray with tints of dark green shecat with green eyes. 12.) MOST IMPORTANTLY** Leafpelt- a dark green tom with a fadded star in his ear. Former leader of GrassClan. (Please adk me to rp them and DO NOT POST IN THIS BOOK) rps is in next reslut.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Highly Recommended--you must check it out! Along with Evergreen sequel Heartwood by Belva Plain.

    I enjoyed reading this book very much. I did not want to put the book down. I finished it in 2 days and then began reading Evergreen's sequel: Heartwood by Bela Plain. I am highly recomending both books to my friends. Evergreen and Heartwood books are treasured in my Nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    The Greatest Book Ever Written

    Evergreen is the greatest LOVE Story ever written. I have read the book many times and I can enjoy it over and over again. It would be nice to have a sequel. This is the one book I recommend to all my friends to read.

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    Posted February 8, 2010

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