Book Review: When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney
When the World Was Young, by Elizabeth Gaffney, begins on
V-J Day and is written from the perspective of Wally Baker. Wally, throughout
the book, feels like a bit of a misfit. First of all, there is her name, which
she feels is definitely a boy’s name. Then, even through she loves Wonder Women comics and ants, she feels
like these items still separates her from others. Finally, there is her mother,
who is not stable and the fact that the lives with her grandparents, but yet
her best friends are Loretta, the housekeeper and Ham, Loretta’s son.
Wally is faced with different losses, conflicts, and
prejudices throughout the book yet is able to find strength when she needs it.
This is a beautifully written, honest portrayal of human
nature at this time as well as today.