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Author Belva Plain dies at 95

18 October 2010 2:30 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

New York - Author Belva Plain, whose best-selling romantic novels helped Jewish women escape from the overprotective mother stereotype, has died aged 95, according to a statement Monday from her daughter. Plain shot to prominence with the novel Evergreen in 1978 after decades of writing short stories for women's magazines. The novel, which was turned into a TV mini-series, was about a beautiful Jewish immigrant who falls in love with one man before marrying another. The book was on the New York Times bestseller list for almost a year. More than 25 million copies of her books have been sold, and her last novel Crossroads was published in 2008. 'I got sick of reading the same old story, told »

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