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Mason, Bobbie Ann.
Personal Author:
First Perennial Library edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Perennial Library, 1986.

Physical Description:
245 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: 1st ed. New York : Harper & Row, c1985.
Reading Level:
730 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.6 12.0 63412.

Reading Counts RC High School 8.3 14 Quiz: 05773 Guided reading level: NR.
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In the summer of 1984, the war in Vietnam comes home to Sam Hughes, whose father was killed there before she was born: The soldier-boy in the picture never changed. In a way that made him dependable. But he seemed so innocent. "Astronauts have been to the moon," she blurted out to the picture. "You missed Watergate. I was in the second grade." She stared at the picture, squinting her eyes, as if she expected it to come to life. But Dwayne had died with his secrets. Emmett was walking around with his. Anyone who survived Vietnam seemed to regard it as something personal and embarrassing. Granddad had said they were embarrassed that they lost the war, but Emmett said they were embarrassed that they were still alive. "I guess you're not embarrassed," she said to the picture.

Author Notes

Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of the novels "In Country" "Spence+Lila', & "Feather Crowns", which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award & won the Southern Book Award. Her short-story collection "Shiloh & Other Stories" won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction & was nominated for other major prizes. Her memoir, "Clear Springs", was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her fiction has appeared in "The New Yorker", "The Atlantic Monthly", & elsewhere. She lives in Kentucky.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. As in Antle's story, the father of the teenager in this powerful adult novel was killed in Vietnam. In her Kentucky community, Sam tries to find about about her father and about the war. And, like Lisa, she finds herself on a journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where she touches her father's name.