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It was 1953. A time of innocence. A time when the world seemed full of possibilities. And all the rules were about to change.

Michael was a streetwise Brooklyn boy heading south to join the Navy and become a man. But he was about to learn more about life than he's ever imagined.

Eden was beautiful, mysterious--the perfect instructor in the art of making love, in sexual pleasure...and in courage. But her past ...

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Overview

It was 1953. A time of innocence. A time when the world seemed full of possibilities. And all the rules were about to change.

Michael was a streetwise Brooklyn boy heading south to join the Navy and become a man. But he was about to learn more about life than he's ever imagined.

Eden was beautiful, mysterious--the perfect instructor in the art of making love, in sexual pleasure...and in courage. But her past was full of dangerous secrets that would haunt her forever.

LOVING WOMEN is an unforgettable novel of honor and passion, heartbreak and desire, and one man's coming of age.

PRAISE FOR LOVING WOMEN AND PETE HAMILL
"...{LOVING WOMEN has} one of those rare things in novels, a perfect voice, which enables Mr. Hamill to be both wryly wise and heartbreakingly innocent, often on the same page."
--New York Times Book Review

"Mr. Hamill writes with passion..."
--New York Times

"...a journey into memory and nostalgia...a warm and winning novel."
--Washington Post Book World

"...veteran journalist Hamill's...novel is told with such emotional urgency and pictorial vividness that it has the flavor of a well-liked old story rediscovered...he invests real passion, narrative energy, and fondly remembered detail in this novel, and it pays off."
--Publishers Weekly

"Compulsively readable but unabashedly romantic...Generous, erotic, melodramatic...Hamill, engines on full, conjures up great sweeps of emotion anchored by impeccable period detail and a cast of memorable, true characters. A novel you'll settle in with , and will be sorry to see end."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Hamill's writing is tough, immediate, funny, filled with vivid, breathtaking characters, and propelled by a fierce sense of time, place, and unbridled macho desire. A major effort by a major talent."
--Booklist

"...a touching, nostalgic embrace of a novel."
--Los Angeles Times

"Hamill displays his talent for getting inside all types of people...eerily evocative."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although it covers well-worn ground--a 17-year-old sailor's passage to manhood in the 1950s--veteran journalist Hamill's latest novel is told with such emotional urgency and pictorial vividness that it has the flavor of a well-liked old story rediscovered in fact, it shares a good deal of atmosphere and incident with Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues . Brooklyn-born Irish Catholic Michael Devlin who narrates from middle age, heading toward his third divorce arrives at his Navy base in Pensacola, Fla., with ambitions to become a cartoonist, lose his virginity and solve some of the mysteries of adult life. Lessons are imparted by a brutish master-at-arms, an ineffably hip black musician, and a cynical, smart fellow sailor who is a closet homosexual. Most important in his life is Eden Santana, a kind, emotionally bruised older woman with whom Michael falls hopelessly in love. Although Hamill's characters all have a ring of familiarity, and he insists too firmly on giving every one of them a sad secret and a predictable confessional monologue, he invests real passion, narrative energy and fondly remembered detail in this novel, and it pays off. BOMC alternate. Mar.
Library Journal
For Michael Devlin, a middle-aged photographer working on his third divorce, life has never been as good as it was in 1953, the year he joined the Navy, left Brooklyn for the first time, and met the only woman who ever understood him, the mysterious Eden Santana. Now, driving his sports car by the naval base in Pensacola, Florida, Devlin tries to recapture a time when his world view derived entirely from Steve Canyon and Buz Sawyer comic strips. Reexamining simplistic Cold War thinking as a Steve Canyon nightmare is a great fictional premise, and had Hamill pursued it, much of the two-dimensional characterization in this novel might have been justified. As it stands, however, the book is just another maudlin Fifties memoir in which self-realization is synonymous with great sex. Only fans of that overworked genre will enjoy it.-- Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558173859
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2008

    One of the best-written novels I've read in a long time!

    Although I'm a woman, and this story is most definitely about men, and from the perspective of a young man, I greatly enjoyed reading it. The fact that most of it is set in the mid 50's actually made it much more enjoyable, for the education of what life in that decade was like. The book tackles self-discovery and personal growth, romantic love, racial relations, homosexuality (in the world of the military), and many other themes from the era. It was funny, sad, poignant, all at the same time. I had a hard time putting it down, and I'll now search out any other novels by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    Clear, imaginative writer

    I picked this book up at the library and was not able to complete it. It took a while to get it again, but I remembered exactly where I left off a couple of months before, and was able to get right into the story without backtracking. It is a memorable story that shows how racial and gay tensions existed in 1953, and this young man's journey of learning. The intricacies of this learning through experience is one that we can all relate to in one way or another. Pete Hamill is now one of my absolute 'must read' authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Loving Women

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book of Pete Hamill's....he really makes Manhattan come alive for me....so interesting to read of events of my lifetime.

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