The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham

About the book

Filled with warmth, wit and wisdom, ‘The Future Homemakers of America’ takes us to the heart of female friendship. A novel fans of ‘Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’ will not be able to resist. Norfolk,1953. The Fens have never seen anything quite like the girls from USAF Drampton. Overpaid, overfed and over here. While their men patrol the skies keeping the Soviets at bay, some are content to live the life of the Future Homemakers of America – clipping coupons, cooking chicken pot pie – but other start to stray, looking for a little native excitement beyond the perimeter fence. Out there in the freezing fens they meet Kath Pharaoh, a tough but warm Englishwoman. Bonds are forged, uniting the women in friendship that will survive distant postings, and the passage of forty years.

Reviewed by Wallington Village Reading Group:

Light but enjoyable read was the opinion of most of our group. Our male member thought it was a ‘woman’s book’ with only one of the male characters appearing in a good light. Initially it was difficult to keep straight in our own minds all the characters. The voices and accents of the audio version of this book were particularly good.

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4 thoughts on “The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham”

  1. Review by Champagne Book Group:
    Enjoyed by every member of the book group. Interesting because of the social history involved and the mutual support offered as these six women undergo everything life throws at them. Characterisation excellent.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Sway Reading Group:
    We enjoyed the book, although ostensibly ‘an easy read’ in fact dealt with important issues relating to family, end of life and death with kindness, understanding and humour. For those of us growing up in the 50s and 60s there was an element of nostalgia: the lifestyle then and now, and changing attitudes etc.
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by Havers Reading Group:
    An amusing and enjoyable book. Highly believable, easy to read but still covering many issues – friendships, politics, religion and many international events. A very good read.
    Star rating: ****

  4. Review by unknown reading group:
    Home, heart, health and happiness – are the four H’s which support an American house. We thought this book was written by an American – but enjoyed the nostalgia which it provoked. We liked seeing how the women developed and how opportunities opened up for them in the 1960’s/1970’s. We loved the newspaper clippings. A good read – lots of discussion.
    Star rating: ***plus

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