(From the publisher):
It's the late 1930s and two sisters, Clara and Nora Callan, face the future with both hope and uncertainty. Clara, a 30ish schoolteacher who lives in small town Ontario, longs for love and adventure. Nora, her flighty and very pretty younger sister, escapes to the excitement of New York, where she lands a starring role in a radio soap and becomes a minor celebrity. In a world of Depression and at a time when war clouds are gathering, the sisters struggle within the web of social expectations for young women.
Clara Callan takes us inside the hearts and minds of these characters, as if we were eavesdropping on their conversations. Clara and Nora spring vividly to life as they share their dreams, their romantic dilemmas, their hopes for the future. Their daily routine is set against a richly detailed portrait of the 1930s, when people found escape from hard times through radio and the movies, when the growing threat of fascism in Europe was a constant worry. Surrounding the seemingly tranquil lives of the sisters is a darker side of life. Violence, deception and loss, it seems, are never far away from Clara and Nora as they journey from innocence to experience.
Clara and Nora, sisters so different yet so inextricably linked, face the future in their own ways, discovering the joys of love, the price of infidelity, and the capacity for sorrow lurking beneath the surface of everyday experience. A brilliantly realized, deeply moving novel, Clara Callan is a masterpiece of fiction.
Original title: Clara Callan
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Rural & Small Town Life
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives