Lippi, Rosina "Homestead" - 1998
What a wonderful book. The story of the women of a small village in the Austrian mountains. The story of several generations of women trying to live their lives. Especially after many of them are left alone with the men not returning from war.
I have read this book years ago but it is one of those stories that will never leave you.
From the back cover:
"Each life has its place, and every variation ripples the surface of the tiny alpine village called Rosenau. Be it a mysteriously misaddressed love letter or a girl's careless delivery of two helpless relatives into Nazi hands, the town's balance is ever tested, and ever tender. Here is a novel spanning eighty years -- years that bring factories and wars, store-bought cheese and city-trained teachers -- weaving the fates of the wives, mothers, and daughters in this remote corner of Austria. To quote Rosellen Brown, 'the women in this haunting book are deeply and uniquely of their place, yet they speak (often wordlessly) of women's longings and satisfactions everywhere.'"