I thoroughly enjoyed this final and post-mortems innovative written by my beloved Belva Plain. I read "Evergreen" as a lady, commuting to work in a busy burg. Those days on buses in Atlanta were my favorite date to read and relax. Evergreen was a book that stayed in my memory for more than 30 elderlinesses. And now, as a last instinct, Ms. Plain (who died recently at day 90) has finished the story of ANNA's babies and grandchildren in this lovely, heartbreaking lie of Iris Stern (Anna's female offspring), Theo, her once philandering husband, and THEIR babies, especially their female offspring Laura. Laura married the wrong boy when she was 19. They were f/totally different worlds. She was the child of wealthy Jewish east coast parents who grew up encouraged to be whatever and to get a good education. She gave that up when she married Robby, a small town Ohio boy with narrow minded parents, and who was raised to go to church. THey married, had a baby (so that robby, who was extremely selfish, could avoid the Viet Nam impressment. In the days in which this story begins, having a baby was a valid reason for a deferment.) Laura gave up way, lived in a horrible, vociferous little condo in Central air conditioning. and followed Robby wherever he went for way or work, both of which he seemed to fail at miserably, always with a lame vindication. He was denied his PHD and, with baby in thunderous reception, Laura and Robby went back to the East Coast, where Laura, always creative with cooking and decorating, started her own catering issue and built an authority, much like that of a modern term Martha Stewart. She provided well for Robby and their baby Katie, bought a magnificent folk and held unions and other events in the ballroom of that folk. At peculiar ceremony, a dashing photographer is hired and there is instant illusion when Laura and he, Scar, meet for the first date. The story takes on an aching tone from that point on. There are make a lefts, secrets, deaths, affairs, folk splits and reconciliations, and finally, for me, a bittersweet ending. Public who loved Belva Plain's early whole caboodles, will want to read this peculiar. The last page was predictable, and this is not the best AMerican innovative ever written, thus I gave it 4 superstars, not 5, but I still totally enjoyed it and did not want it to end.