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RANDOM WINDS is an epochal saga about a family of physicians -- first Enoch, the dedicated country doctor; then Martin, his son, a brilliant neurosurgeon; and Claire, his flamboyant, unconventional daughter.

The story moves from a turn-of-the-century village in upstate New York to privileged estates outside London, from the bedsides of the rural poor to the frenetic emergency room of a New York hospital, from war-torn London to hideaways on the French Riviera. It tells of the ...

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Overview

RANDOM WINDS is an epochal saga about a family of physicians -- first Enoch, the dedicated country doctor; then Martin, his son, a brilliant neurosurgeon; and Claire, his flamboyant, unconventional daughter.

The story moves from a turn-of-the-century village in upstate New York to privileged estates outside London, from the bedsides of the rural poor to the frenetic emergency room of a New York hospital, from war-torn London to hideaways on the French Riviera. It tells of the trials and triumphs of a dynamic family struggling to hold its center, and of love beyond anyone's power to deny.

"Belva Plain creates vivid people and involves us with them. She is at the top of the novelist's profession." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

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"Wonderful... a  convincing, sweeping novel... a real page-turner."  -- The Philadephia Enquirer.

"Bigger than evergreen." -- John  Barkham Reviews.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816131785
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 7/28/1983
  • Pages: 806

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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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 March 18, 2012

    To anon

    Its pretty obvious, isnt it?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2002

    A star in the dark

    I think it is the best novel Bleva writes. She wrote it because it had to be written. Enjoy reading it, (wael_aboud@hotmail.com)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    How Ravenwing got her cloak

    *eats a unicorn and farts like a panda*

    O_O it was the couch!

    *eats a random blue/purple object*

    Raven: hey! That was my cloak!

    Me: oh.. sorry Rav..

    *Raven flattens me and makes me cough up her cloak*

    Raven: who on earth are you, anyway, how do you know my name, and why do you look like a cat version of me?

    Me: i'm Ravenwing, a RandomClan warrior, ask the unicorns why i look like you, and i know your name because i watch your show.

    Raven: oook....

    *Raven makes a cat-sized version of her cloak for me with her magic*

    Me: aww, thanks Raven!

    Raven: don't mention it.

    *i put the cloak on*

    Me: yay!

    Raven: what?

    Me: yay!

    Raven: why are you so happy?

    *i make a derp face*

    Me: DERP.

    Raven: O_O

    *i randomly teleport back to RandomClan*

    *i eat a rainbow*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2014

    Hunting grounds

    THIS is where you hunt. Eating unicorns gives you panda farts'i tell you...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Fang

    Runs in can i join hes silver cout and blue eyes

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Stormheart to Fang

    Sure.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Devon

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Jason

    Sprry my nook killed me lol

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Ashley

    Hu...kisses you and moans loudly...dude ive wet my second pair of undies in rl...lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Hello

    Ecstasy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Darkkit

    Sobs. Dk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    _SiLvEr PsYcHiC QB3_

    You could combine each player's score and give them a certain power if the number is in a certain range of numbers. Example: Player's Combined Score: 393,157. Number Range For (Blank) Power: 128,467 to 428,367. Like that. If u did i would suggest a few simple powers like Ice, Fire, Lightning, Water, just simple powers. You could like have us use our powers like "If you have (blank) power to number 3". For a quest i have an idea. For thousands of miliseconds the frogvillain Ghosgay has kidnapped the jellyspaceship in orbit around NoNamePlanet. Your job is rescue Lego minifig George and build a rocket out of three parts to escape the space station. _SiLveEr PsYcHiC QB3_

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Completed it!

    It was fun! Please make more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Idea

    You are called Kevin and you are wandering around Chinatown at night. You try to find your way back to the suburbs without being attacked by a rabid clown. †Dewey†

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    I completed

    Wheres the next quest. My numbers went #2 #5 #7

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Idea for random quest

    Here are some ideas...

    You make something called a glowbubble
    You find a talking cherry and give it a cookie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    TO ALL IMPORTANT (about the second quest)

    I know, to those of you who did the second quest at portal first result.... I messed up on one tiny part. On the first and second choice when it says go to #4, I meant to put go to #3. Sorry everyone... common error. The next quest will come out today or tommorow... be ready! :3 ~RaNdOmNeSs_QuEsT~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    PARTY AT DOJO RES 10

    Be there

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    Posted January 26, 2010

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    Posted July 18, 2011

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