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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.