from the dustjacket of the 1997 Harcourt Brace first edition
An Independent Woman
From one of America's most loved and best-selling authors comes
the unforgettable final chapter of the famous Immigrants
saga, which has chronicled the generations of the Lavette family
through more than a century of American history.
An Independent Woman continues
the story of Barbara Lavette, the charismatic heroine of
Second Generation, The Establishment, The Legacy, and
The Immigrant's Daughter. Gently aging but as
strong-willed as ever, she has become the matriarch of the large
and powerful Lavette clan, whom everyone turns to for guidance
and for the strength of her faith in the human spirit. After
years as a liberal journalist, Barbara discovers the joys of a
real love when she meets and marries Philip Carter, a Unitarian
minister. Yet upon their return home to San Francisco from a
romantic honeymoon in Europe and Israel, Barbara faces a test
that proves to be more challenging and harrowing than anything
that has come before.
An Independent Woman shows
Howard Fast at his best: telling the lives of characters we have
come to know and love, with drama, feeling, and a sure sense of
what makes a life well lived.