"It is the summer of 1946. It is a time of clothing coupons and food rations, of postwar deprivations and social readjustment. In this precarious, new world Hetty Fallowes struggles to become independent of her suffocatingly possessive mother, whose jealousy of her daughter runs almost as deep as her pride in Hetty's accomplishments. While the bookish Hetty rebels intellectually against her family, her best friend, Una Vane, asserts her nascent womanhood with a sexually interesting fellow from the wrong side of the Yorkshire tracks and the left side of local politics. And Liselotte Klein, a Jewish refugee who arrived solitary, plump and clever from Hamburg in 1939 to be billeted by Quakers, comes through painful trials in London to surprising possibilities." "By the summer's end, all three young women in this poignant, beautifully realized novel have begun to learn that they, like their parents, know neither everything nor nothing - and that a ticket to the future is issued in the past."--BOOK JACKET.