by Belva Plain

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“A grand, sweeping panorama . . . richly written, finely detailed . . . vivid and memorable.”—Daily News (New York)

Yearning for a better life, Anna Friedman fled Poland for New York at the turn of the century. Finding work as a maid for the Werner family, Anna discovers an elegance beyond her dreams—and the passion of Paul Werner, a man beyond her reach, even when she is in his arms. But it is Joseph Friedman whom she marries. And through an act of illicit passion that will haunt her though all her days, Anna lifts Joseph from poverty to a wealth on which the Friedman dynasty would be based for generations. Sweeping from Jazz Age New York to Nazi Germany to a sun-baked Israeli kibbutz, Evergreen has become a modern American classic—an epic novel that spans three generations of an unforgettable family—and exposes the heart of an extraordinary woman: her marriage, her children, her deceit.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440132783
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1980
Series: Werner Family Saga
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 105,190
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Belva Plain is the New York Times bestselling author of Evergreen, Random Winds, Eden Burning, Crescent City, The Golden Cup, Tapestry, Blessings, Harvest, Treasures, Whispers, Daybreak, The Carousel, Promises, Secrecy, Homecoming, Legacy of Silence, Fortune’s Hand, After the Fire, Looking Back, Her Father’s House, The Sight of the Stars, Crossroads, and Heartwood. A Barnard College graduate who majored in history, Belva Plain lived in Millburn, New Jersey, where she and her husband raised three children. She died in 2010.

Date of Birth:

October 9, 1915

Date of Death:

October 12, 2010

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Short Hills, New Jersey


B.A., Barnard College

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Evergreen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Very moving and historic novel. Characters come alive for the reader.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
Loved the love story , but I admired the great love Anne had for her family. The Jewish people suffered so much. I am so sad that we have a group in this country that still hate Israel and the Jewish people. It is so wrong some of the most wonderful people I know are Jewish.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could see why some might like this. Sometimes you're in the mood for a long trashy wallow, and this could deliver it. Here you have nearly 700 pages of eye-straining small font about a Polish Jew, Anna, who comes to America not long after the turn of the 20th Century in the years before World War I. She starts out living with her cousin on Hester street, and I imagine many might have seen the stories of their own grandmothers and great-grandmothers in Anna when this was published. I can understand why it became a bestseller. I certainly found the glimpses of Old New York and its neighborhoods, of the struggle to survive and rise out of poverty interesting. It's not so much the story or the character which didn't engage me, it was the style that put me off. Belva Plain's writing struck me as clunky. (Joseph's mother spoke comfort. "Why, you can hardly walk!" Ruth cried, becoming aware.) Seven hundred pages in that kind of font means over 14 hours of reading, and by the time I got to page 100, I knew I didn't want to make that investment.
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Yes, one of the best. You do not want it to end
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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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Wow , never felt like oer 600 pages. Enjoyed every moment of this book.
capri45 More than 1 year ago
The best novel I've ever read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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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