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Reading widely since 1972.

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The War Workers (1918)

The War Workers - E.M. Delafield I like E.M. Delafield. She wrote all the "Provincial Lady" books, which were largely auto-biographical accounts of her life as a wife and mother in a provincial village. I heard about this book, but couldn't find it at the library or in any used book store. I ended up buying a copy on ebay from Germany, a second edition signed by the author! I was excited. This story takes place during WWI, at a supply depot, where women young and old are doing their best to help out with the "war effort," under the command of a domineering, self-absorbed young bossy-pants who loves the vision of herself putting England first and everything else last. I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first, but as I got to know the many characters, I was charmed by the relationships and the way they talked, what they found shocking and how they teased one another. I was rooting for Bossy Pants to get her comeuppance and ultimately found the book satisfying. I am glad now that I have my own copy.