Book #1 in The Susquehanna Trilogy
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SUSQUEHANNA is a tale of commitment and thwarted love. Dr. Arthur Hillman, the grandson of Jewish immigrants, dedicates himself to practicing medicine among impoverished coal miners. A devoted husband and father, he spends his life trying to forget the only woman he has ever loved. Molly Shea, a beautiful, skilled, compassionate nurse, is the daughter of ardent Catholics, the grandniece of an Archbishop. She falls deeply in love with Arthur when they work side by side to save the life of a patient. But theirs is a forbidden love and through the years, they are put to the test to resist their emotions.

The narrative sweeps far beyond the Pennsylvania coal regions—to the upper-class enclaves of Philadelphia's Main Line, to Germany falling under the shadow of a threatening Nazi party, to World War II India, to contemporary Geneva. But always it returns to the river valley where the Hillman family has its roots, to the Susquehanna, which bears witness to their struggle for survival, their commitment to ideals and their quest for happiness.

SUSQUEHANNA was chosen by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the "Best Books of 1984."


Harriet Segal is the author of five novels. Her works have been published in a number of foreign languages and have been selections of major book clubs, including the Book-of-the-Month Club.

Ms. Segal was married for forty-eight years to the late Dr. Sheldon J. Segal, an eminent scientist in the field of population and human reproduction, who was a laureate of the United Nations Population Award. During the 1960s, she lived in India where she was a writer for the U. S. Information Agency. This experience and her travels throughout the developing world have influenced her writing and linger as vivid impressions in her novels.

Segal has been described as a storyteller with a strong narrative voice and a talent for painting evocative settings and creating memorable characters. A grandmother of seven, she has recently moved from New York to the Boston suburbs and spends her summers on Cape Cod. Her new novel, First Among Peers, is about the world of medical research and scientific fraud.


"A first-rate novel with a strong love story." --Citizen's Voice, Wilkes-Barre

"(An) excellent historical novel..." --Chattanooga Times

"Wonderful...A writer of quality entertainment." --Evelyn Oppenheimer, Radio Book Talk, Dallas-Fort Worth

"Splendid!...Segal writes in a clear and highly absorbing narrative style." --Nashville Banner