First time novelist, 100-year-old Bea Klier, has written a biographical novel that loosely follows the dreams and fortunes of several generations of her immigrant family.
BOOK REVIEW: "HIDDEN," BY BEA KLIER
WEALTH, POVERTY, PASSION, LOSS
The story begins in 1914, with the Danvers, an upper-middle class family of successful fruit and vegetable marketers. Stella, the impetuous, 16-year-old Danvers daughter, gets a crush on 16-year-old Martin, a poor grocery store clerk. She gets pregnant the first time they are alone, and both families decide that the youngsters must marry. Stella and Martin move into an apartment in the Danvers’ big house, and Betty is born. Martin must support his new family as a mechanic—a dirty job that he hates. Though Martin continues to love his young wife, daughter, and, eventually, son, he fears he has lost his chance for further education and the fancy, white-collar career he has long dreamed of.
TRUTH AND FICTION
Betty’s story essentially follows the life of our author, Bea Klier. Major events are true, but minor events have been fictionalized for continuity and character development. This is an ambitious work, spanning several generations, from the early 1900s to the present day. It traces how family interactions and individual decisions can have serious consequences reaching into future generations.
A good read for anyone interested in the growth and development of families.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Life-long scientist and social activist, Bea Klier, was born on June 6, 1916, and graduated from Hunter College in 1937 with a degree in geology. She had a hard time getting work, however, because employers were reluctant to hire women scientists. But she persisted and was, eventually, successful in a number of fields, including meteorology, climatological research (for NASA), teaching (geology), and director of education at the Academy of Sciences. Because of her early experiences of discrimination, she also become a social activist and, in 2016, won the Clara Lemlich Social Activist Award. Always, however, she was haunted by her family’s history and, finally, in her late nineties, decided to write about it. As of now, Ms. Klier has two more books in the works.
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