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The dazzling conclusion to Fast’s Immigrants saga brings a memorable close to the story of the Lavette family

In the sixth and final installment of the Immigrants saga, Fast revisits the charismatic Barbara Lavette. In this emotional farewell, Barbara, the rock and matriarch of her family, marries a Unitarian priest, and together they travel the world. Though Fast wrote ...
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Overview


The dazzling conclusion to Fast’s Immigrants saga brings a memorable close to the story of the Lavette family

In the sixth and final installment of the Immigrants saga, Fast revisits the charismatic Barbara Lavette. In this emotional farewell, Barbara, the rock and matriarch of her family, marries a Unitarian priest, and together they travel the world. Though Fast wrote over eighty books, including Spartacus, April Morning, and Freedom Road, his Immigrants saga remains some of his most personal and moving work.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author’s estate.
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Editorial Reviews

People Magazine
Eventful and well-crafted.
Los Angeles Times
Howard Fast is a master storyteller.
Kirkus Reviews
An unexpected sixth novel in Fast's 'Immigrants' saga, issued 12 years after the fifth (and supposedly final) installment, The Immigrant's Daughter. Once again, the protagonist is Barbara Lavette, now 68 and the matriarch of a large and successful California clan. Barbara has always been the archetypal activist (having been, variously, a labor organizer in the 1930s, an adventurous reporter in the 1940s, a defiant victim of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, and a vigorous supporter of the struggles of blacks and women for equal rights, as well as an opponent of the Vietnam War), and this time out she takes on the case of a young black man she believes has been unfairly treated by the police. She also, to the astonishment of her friends and family, marries again. But her continuing battles for justice, and her honeymoon, are cut short by the news that she has developed cancer. Not much happens here—there are a good many amiable meals, fond chat between family members, a discreet courtship, and the name-dropping and walk-ons by the famous that have always been a part of the series—and the ending would seem to suggest that this really is the conclusion of the saga. A muted, somewhat puzzling, addenda to a lively (and successful) series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453238691
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Series: Lavette Family Saga
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 209,002
  • File size: 1,005 KB

Meet the Author


Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible Communist associates earned him a three-month prison sentence. During his incarceration, Fast wrote one of his best-known novels, Spartacus (1951). Throughout his long career, Fast matched his commitment to championing social justice in his writing with a deft, lively storytelling style.
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