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A New York based author spends what he hopes will be an idyllic summer with his family on Cape Cod, but as the darkest hours of the Second World War approach, their very existence is threatened.

Our NARRATOR, a New York City based author and poet, his wife JOSEPHINE, and young daughter FRANCES escape to their summerhouse on the Cape, during the most difficult part of the Second World War. Though he frets about the war, the author does his best to keep his family and friends occupied in their normal summer routines . including beach barbecues, lobster dinners, and long walks. The joy of watching his daughter blossom is overshadowed by the necessary volunteer work for home front protection activities. The tide of the war soon swings in the Allies direction as the German offensive in Russia stalls, and the American forces make progress against the Japanese in the Pacific. When the summer ends, the Narrator and his family say their goodbyes and return to their normal lives in the City. While at home, the author ruminates about the war, the state of mankind, and what the next summer will bring.

“It is this duality of mood in ‘Journal of Josephine’ which makes it, I think, so uncommonly appealing in its interest and its freshness. Sometimes Mr. Nathan’s journal is merely a charming, informal record of a summer on Cape Cod. Yet, at other times it is . in the literal sense . a war diary, offering modest but valid testimony from the front here at home. It crystallizes an experience which, I think, was well worth recording . which certainly has a meaning for all of us.”

Edith Walton
New York Times