News on the Home Front

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Set against a worldwide canvas that includes New York, Paris and Germany "News on the Home Front" tells the story of two women who have been friends since their childhood in West Lake, Maryland. The world war has torn apart their lives leaving each trying to find a way to put it back together. It's been a difficult few years with rationing and shortages starting to take their toll. More

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About Christopher Geoffrey McPherson

In more than three decades as a professional writer/journalist, Christopher has covered myriad subjects and interviewed thousands of people from the famous to the unknown. He brings these years of experience to each of his novels.

In his career, his work has appeared in daily newspapers, monthly magazines, extensively on radio and the occasional dalliance with television. He has written advertising copy and radio commercials – and continues to write.

Prior to his new novel, called “A Cat in Time” about the most famous cat in ancient Japan, Christopher spent more than five years creating a series of novels that take place in 1930s Los Angeles called “The James Murray Mysteries.” Books in the series are "Murder at Eastern Columbia," “Sabotage at RKO Studio,” “Abduction at Griffith Observatory,” “Blackmail at Wrigley Field,” and the newest “Haunting at Ocean House.”

Other writing featuring his byline includes “22: The Biography of a Gun” – a tale set in the near future where guns are strictly controlled yet where one manages to make its way into the hands of those who want it; "The Babi Makers" – a science fiction tale about a world where the most important resource is babies; "Sarah & Gerald" – a novel about Paris in the 1920s; "Forever - and other stories" – a collection of short stories; "The Life Line" – the novel of the big one that levels San Francisco; "News on the Home Front" – a novel of two friends during World War Two; and "Mama Cat" – a book for children. Also, several short plays, a few radio plays and a boatload of radio documentaries.

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Review by: Chrissy on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It took a little while to find the groove and really get into it, but once I did, I read it every free chance I had until I finished the last sentence.

I have always enjoyed historical fiction revolving around World War II. News on the Home Front was a great, new perspective...much different than a lot of the WWII fiction books that I have read in the past. I don't think I have every read a WWII fiction novel that focused on the women left at home in the states when the men went to war. This book put me through so many emotions...sad, happy, content, anxious, laughter, stress. You name it (just about anything), I felt it while reading this book.

At first, I did not care for the two main characters - Carole and Irene. I thought that they were rather spoiled and childish. However, the further along in the book I got, the more I felt for them. Carole grew the most throughout this book. She is truly a strong and courageous young woman. Irene, Carole's best friend, was a hard worker, volunteering to work in the factory even though she didn't need to work. She became a crane operator much to the chagrin of her male counterparts. Although Irene doesn't always make the right decisions, she is a true, caring friend.

The other characters were well-written, too. I enjoyed Mrs. Kennison, the loving maid and long-time "member" of the family. Philip was Carole's fiance and pilot sent overseas for a top secret mission. Bretaigne, Carole's doctor, was a good guy who had fled to the US from Nazi Germany. I would have liked more of his story.

The book went back and forth between the present time and the past which laid some groundwork for Carole and Irene's friendship. With these different scenes came different points of view for the narration. Sometimes these transitions were difficult to keep up with but not so difficult that it made that book less enjoyable. The same can be said for the typos that were found here and there - more so towards the end of the book.

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book, especially if you enjoy reading World War II historical fiction.

Will I read it again: I will not read this book again but I will definitely read more by this author.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Sheila Deeth on July 19, 2012 :
The details of America’s recent history abound in Christopher Geoffrey McPherson’s News on the Home Front, bringing to life the world of rich and comfortable women left behind when husbands and brothers went to war. Paperback books are just being introduced to the stores, movies are made, silk stockings are scarce, and servants are kind. Since my own knowledge of World War II’s home front comes from my English background, this entirely different world had me hearing the silken voices of movie stars in its dialog and imagining black and white scenes from the silver screen.

Irene becomes a “vital member of the working class” building parts in a factory while her upper class friend Carole enjoys the luxuries of lying in bed, awaiting breakfast and bemoaning her fiancé’s departure for war. But the two friends are inseparable, and Irene tries to cheer Carole with shopping trips where they bemoan the absence of luxuries in the stores. On the surface, these characters annoyed me, but the story grows as it progresses, secret fears adding depth and the keeping of secrets adding tension. The characters changed, grew wiser though still annoying, and I wanted more for them.

Long pieces of backstory pull the threads together eventually, building the novel to a nicely emotional climax. I wasn’t entirely convinced by the characters’ changes of heart, but then, these are people who keep secrets even from themselves—a Home Front, but also a front kept up at home. News on the Home Front is like a black and white movie in a book, sweet, soft-spoken, soft-focused, occasionally biting, and honestly drawn.

Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review, and I’m just sorry it took me so long to get to it.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
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