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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Evergreen by Belva Plain. Born into poverty and fear, Anna is desperate to leave her native Poland. Determined to make something of herself, Anna moves into a cramped New York slum and finds a job in a sweatshop.
When two very different men fall in love with her, Anna is destined to be forever torn in love and loyalty. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Werner Family Saga 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Evergreen , please sign up. Are there any book group discussion questions for this book? See 1 question about Evergreen….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Evergreen. I read this whole series back in the 80s and it made a big impression on me because of its description of the immigration process. It's been a very long time since I've read this, but I have a distinct memory of the main character wrapping up a set of silver candlesticks off the quaint kitchen table, the most valuable item the family owned- and leaving Poland for a better life.
I also remember them toughing it out in New York under very hard and difficult conditions, making their own way financi I read this whole series back in the 80s and it made a big impression on me because of its description of the immigration process.
I also remember them toughing it out in New York under very hard and difficult conditions, making their own way financially. I picked this up on kindle when it was on sale months ago, and hope to delve into it again to see if I like it as much as I did then.
View all 12 comments. Apr 27, Stacy rated it it was amazing. This is one of my favorite books of all time. My mother gave me a copy when I was a teenager and I stayed up late many nights reading under the covers long after I should have been asleep. It is a sweeping family saga full of characters you care about, and whom you will miss when you put this book back on the shelf. Anna, Paul and Joseph are real people with real flaws, a refreshing change from the perfect protagonists that Danielle Steele is famous for and who happen to bug the heck out of me This is one of my favorite books of all time.
Anna, Paul and Joseph are real people with real flaws, a refreshing change from the perfect protagonists that Danielle Steele is famous for and who happen to bug the heck out of me. A period novel rich in historical detail, reading it made me feel transported back a few decades and yet it never lost sight of the struggles and triumphs of the main characters; the historical details never overwhelmed them.
This book was my introduction to Belva Plain, and I went on to read the two sequels to Evergreen also fabulous as well as nearly all of her other books. She is a compelling author and I've been hooked on her stories for years! View 1 comment. Shelves: all-time-favourites , usa. I never gave it much thought, but I now realize how much I love family sagas and a good story.
This one completely enveloped me. I cared about the characters and felt that I knew them. Whatever I read next, will likely pale in comparison. If you decide to read this, just one word of caution: do not get the Kindle version. The grammatical errors are annoying. Do yourself a favor and get the hard copy. Some of my favorite quotes I never gave it much thought, but I now realize how much I love family sagas and a good story.
Do you think even lucky people ever get all of what they want? So many of our burdens are of our own making, anyway. I wish I could speak it. Another one of my many wishes! But only for a day or two. It must have been a very silly, useless life. After a while you may actually start to feel that way. Foster life. Cherish it. View all 6 comments. Oct 18, Philip rated it really liked it. There are books that may not be written with great 'literary' style, but which are nevertheless written with a talent for good, sincere storytelling.
There are t There are books that may not be written with great 'literary' style, but which are nevertheless written with a talent for good, sincere storytelling. They are among the best such scenes in modern popular fiction, and I re-read with great pleasure from time to time. The first is when the young Jewish immigrant Anna Friedman, troubled with a guilty secret she can share with no one, finds some solace in what is for her an unlikely place, yet which seems the only way open to her: a church, where she unburdens herself to a priest.
The other scene occurs late in the novel, when a much-older Anna has a brief reunion with the man she has always loved but couldn't marry and who, of course, doesn't know about Anna's guilty secret. View all 5 comments. Shelves: historical-fiction , ultimate-reading-list , popular-fiction , fiction , novels.
I could see why some might like this. Sometimes you're in the mood for a long trashy wallow, and this could deliver it. Here you have nearly pages of eye-straining small font about a Polish Jew, Anna, who comes to America not long after the turn of the 20th Century in the years before World War I.
She starts out living with her cousin on Hester street, and I imagine many might have seen the stories of their own grandmothers and great-grandmothers in Anna when this was published. I can unders I could see why some might like this. I can understand why it became a bestseller.
I certainly found the glimpses of Old New York and its neighborhoods, of the struggle to survive and rise out of poverty interesting. It's not so much the story or the character which didn't engage me, it was the style that put me off. Belva Plain's writing struck me as clunky. Joseph's mother spoke comfort. Seven hundred pages in that kind of font means over 14 hours of reading, and by the time I got to page , I knew I didn't want to make that investment.
View all 7 comments. Feb 11, Teresa rated it it was amazing. One of the best books I ever read. I sobbed my heart out in parts and was so angry in others. A book that really plays on the emotions. Even though it would be regarded as an old book now it's still well worth a read. Sep 05, JoAnne Pulcino rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , saga , adult-fiction , book-club-selection , romance , women-s , classic.
But, I'm definitely hooked, so you can bear with me or ignore me. Anna Friedman transfixes us with her passion, determination and passion. She and her family survive war, tragedy, secrets and forbidden love, bittersweet and evergreen.
A beautifully written book with a magnificent story that sweeps you away with the history, the finely etched characters and great romance. View all 4 comments.
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She was born in New York City. Before breaking into publishing, Belva Plain wrote short stories for magazines while raising her three children. She sold her first story to Cosmopolitan at age 25 and "contributed several dozen to various women's magazines until she had three children in rapid succession. The New York Times summed up her career. Strong-willed women, many of them Jewish and red-haired as well, appear again and again in Ms. All of them are full of passion, but there is very little explicit sex. At her death, there were over 30 million copies of her twenty-plus novels in print in 22 languages.