Set in the ‘terrible thirties,’ a time of turbulence much like our own, this memoir tells the story of two young people in love, set on a thorny path beset by problems - economic, political and parental. Both are students at a great university. Lacking money, time, privacy and approval, the two endure many separations and bridge absence by making love with words. Their eloquent letters, poetic and passionate, are the heart of the book. Because they cover every element of the two young lives, they bring to life the troubled era in which the story is set – the lean days of the Great Depression, war clouds over Europe, the campus literary renaissance in which these aspiring writers take part, the daily impressions they share on paper -- all help paint a picture of their time.
The success of Nora Percival's first memoir about her Russian childhood inspired her to write the poignant story of her first love.
"Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words, and you are free." - Jessamyn West