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Earth and High Heaven was a 1944 novel by Gwethalyn Graham.

Earth and High Heaven was a 1944 novel by Gwethalyn Graham. It was the first Canadian novel to reach number one on The New York Times bestseller list and stayed on the list for 37 weeks, selling 125 000 copies in the United States that year. Set in Montreal, Quebec during World War II, the novel portrays a romance between Erica Drake, a young woman from a wealthy Protestant family in Westmount, and Marc Reiser, a Jewish lawyer and soldier from Northern Ontario.

National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication . Graham, Gwethalyn, 1913-1965. Earth and high heaven: a novel/Gwethalyn Graham. Gwethalyn Graham’s Earth and High Heaven appeared in 1944 to unprecedented success for a Canadian novel. At home it was awarded the Governor General’s Award, while in the United States it was the first Canadian novel to top American bestseller lists for the better part of a year. Earth and High Heaven offers an unstinting critique of Canadian anti-Semitism, in the years before and during World War Two, when Canada was ostensibly fighting abroad to destroy Hitler’s brutal anti-Semitic movement.

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Gwethalyn Graham re I was born. Now, and I muse for why and never find the reason, I pace the earth, and drink the air, and feel the sun. Be still, be still, my soul; it is but for a season: Let us endure an hour and see injustice done

Earth and High Heaven was one of the most highly acclaimed and popular books of its time. Published at the end of the Second World War, it won the Governor General’s Award and was the first Canadian novel to reach number one on The New York Times Bestseller list.

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The New Canadian Library is a publishing imprint of the Canadian company McClelland and Stewart. The series aims to present classic works of Canadian literature in paperback. Each work published in the series includes a short essay by another notable Canadian writer, discussing the historical context and significance of the work  .

Earth and High Heaven book. Gwethalyn Graham explores the divisions and deeply entrenched prejudices which existed in Canadian society, through the story of Erica Drake and Marc Reiser who meet and fall in love. Set in Montreal during World War Two – Graham shows us how society was divided into three distinct groups. AECB - Title Detail - Earth and High Heaven. "The Year in Books". McClelland & Stewart (Douglas Gibson Books. New Canadian Library). Companhia das Letras (70%).

It's an absolute shame that Gwethalyn Graham's life was too short and she graced the world with a mere 2 books. This book is easier to get a hold of in the U.S. than her other novel.

Erica Drake and Marc Reiser meet and there is an instant attraction. The problem begins. Erica Drake is from a wealthy Protestant family and Marc is a Jewish Lawyer and soldier.

The novel is set during World War II. Erica and Marc's relationship meets with the obstacles of anti-Semitism, family relationships, and finding that place where they belong, where their love can exist.

Gwethalyn Graham had a very fine talent for dialogue. She also seemed to have a real talent for understanding people's motiviations and the many intricate levels of human nature.

When you read this book, you will be able to take something with you.
I keep finding old, wonderful books in the attic where three generations of women have lived. Not to mention books of their now-deceased daughters (my aunts). This black-bound volume with the gilded title (that has deteriorated except for the embossing) was published in 1944. My second novel is set during this time, so I read it for research. But it became personal and riveting as the conflict grew. My last reading session began at 11 p.m. and ended at 12:30 a.m. I couldn't put it down. Thank goodness for the speeches of the main characters' siblings that jolted each out of the "groove" that had been set for them. They finally decided to break out of the stereotypes of their raising and follow their own hearts. A great love story set in Canada. Recommended--if you can find it.
Being a Canadian I was shocked to discover the realities of my beloved country's treatment of Jews during WWII. Ms. Graham's novel is well written and the characters are vivid and strong. Erica Drake is a woman torn between her genteel father and the Jewish Marc Reiser, both of whom she respects and loves dearly. Set against the backdrop of Montreal during WWII it is a tale of both a nation and a couple struggling with anti-semitism. The ending was beautiful and right. One of the most satisfying novels I've read this year.
Excellent, beautifully written story. The characters are so believable and your heart just breaks for them. After reading the novel I discovered that part of it was based on the author's own life. It was no wonder then that Ms. Graham was able to describe with such eloquence the heartache, longing and love between the main characters. A very satisfying novel that unfortunately has all but disappeared due to its age and mistaken irrelevance.
Having read about this newly released book recently in the papers, I had to get it. Fanatical about Canadian literature I was amazed that I had never heard of this author. The story moves beautifully between historical and fictional and had me glued to the pages from start to finish. Although melodramatic at times, the characters are entirely believable. It truly is a shame that more people are not aware of this novel. It's a wonderful definition of Canadian society during World War II. Read this book. You won't regret it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it took me back to my memories of Toronto in the 1940s and 1950s when I experienced blatant and subtle antisemitism. It also reminded me of the stories my mom recounted to me about her difficult life in Toronto especially in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and pre and post World War 11.