Five children meet on their first day of school, one bright September morning. Drawn by that magical spark of connection that happens to the young, Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy and Sean – each bursting with their own personality, all with strikingly different looks and diverse talents – soon become an inseparable group, known to everyone else as the Big Five.
As they grow up, their seemingly perfect lives are altered by families falling apart, unfortunate mistakes, and losses and victories great and small. Throughout their adolescence, the five are able to turn back to their trusted group to regain their footing and steady their course. But as they emerge from school, their futures seem neither safe nor clear. As their lives separate, the challenges and risks they face become greater, the losses sharper, and it becomes much harder to know the right path to choose.
But despite life’s ups and downs, together they are able to face up to challenges with the help of the important bonds forged all those years ago. And the five realise just how lucky they are to treasure valuable friendships that last a lifetime.
Moran explores the historical underpinnings of the schism between the antievolutionary movement and mainstream science. Eschewing the broad-brush strokes in which the antievolution movement is generally characterized, Moran explores the cultural dynamics informing the almost century-old debate, documenting the formative role religious Southern women, who viewed themselves as "active agents of morality," played in bringing the perceived threat of Darwinism to the fore. Moran notes that the early 20th-century outcry against evolution was waged "for country God and mother's song" as well as the role of Southern regionalism, which saw evolutionists as cultural invaders from the North. Finally, there was a split among African-Americans based on whether they thought evolution would help dowse or inflame racism, and set black intellectuals against ministers. Evolution is perceived by religious fundamentalists as among specific theological threats. More familiar is the shift to the purported scientific approach known as creationism, and the increasingly sophisticated and strategic tactics of antievolutionists. Though the book is somewhat academic in tone, Moran transcends today's media stereotypes while offering a fresh analysis of the roots of the antievolutionist movement particularly the roles of women and African-Americans, and the personalities and motivations of advocates on both sides of the debate. Illus.
I cried, I laughed. What an amazing book this one was, my first Danielle Steel book & I think there will be many more!
A great lover of chick lit filled with powerful women, I embarked on my first Danielle Steel novel. Sadly, I found the book more like an outline of what could have been a great story with characters with whom I could identify. With further development of plot and character, I would have enjoyed the book however as it stands, it was a quite disappointing. Sorry Danielle, not a fan...