The Meaning Of Names
A NovelBook Club Kit
***2014 Omaha Reads selection
***2016 One Book, One Nebraska selection
Stuart, Nebraska is a long way from the battlefields of Western Europe, but it is not immune to the horrors of the first Great War for Peace. Like all communities, it has lost sons and daughters to the fighting, with many more giving themselves over to the hatred only war can engender.
Set in 1918 in the farm country at the heart of America, The Meaning of Names is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Estranged from her parents because she married against their will, confronted with violence and prejudice against her people, and caught up in the midst of the worst plague the world has ever seen, Gerda Vogel, an American of German descent, must find the strength to keep her family safe from the effects of a war that threatens to consume the whole world.
From Library Staff
The story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times.
COMMENT: Nebraska history in WWI is fascinating with the war, anti-Germanic issues, the flu pandemic not being well known to us 100 years later. We actually discussed this 100 years to the day the war was declared. - Quote from an Omaha area book club.