Author Belva Plain died last week, she was 95. Plain, who wrote for many years, first became a published novelist in 1976 with the release of her beloved saga Evergreen. The book hit The New York Times bestseller list, where it remained for almost a full year. People were so taken with the story of the Jewish-American immigrant girl from Poland at the turn-of-the-20th century and her family, that Plain wrote several sequels and NBC turned the book into a miniseries in the 1980s.
But that was by no means her only book. Plain got started writing short stories for magazines, but then turned her attention to raising her family. When her children grew older, she began writing novel-length fiction. She wrote more than 20 novels, including bestsellers Tapestry, Harvest and Random Winds. Some 30 million copies of her books are in print worldwide, according to her publisher Random House.
Plain lived in Short Hills, N.J. Her husband, Irving Plain, died more than 25 years ago. She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.