It is 1969, the Vietnam War is raging, and Jeff and Maude struggle separately to cope with the loss of loved ones and to make sense of the increasing tumult and confusion.
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Marsha Qualey was born in Austin, Minnesota and has lived in Montana, Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. She now resides in St. Paul with her husband and four children.From Booklist:
Gr. 9-12. The year is 1969. Maud's sister, Lucy, dies protesting the Vietnam War. Jeff's brother is killed fighting it. Maud grieves by withdrawing from her friends, cutting school, and becoming obsessed with the details leading to Lucy's death. Jeff becomes even more active in his protests of the government's actions in South East Asia. When the two finally meet, they are drawn together by their mutual pain and their need to believe the world can change. As they grow to love and respect each other, the reader is drawn into the intensity with which they are living their lives. Their eventual decision to marry and join a commune provides a happy ending for today's young adult audience and an appropriately bittersweet one for readers who came of age during that tumultuous time. These complex characters are beautifully developed; their confusion, anger, and grief are apparent, as is their genuine desire to make a difference. What's more, every action, historical event, and "bit player" helps to flesh out this picture of life--and death--stateside during "Nam," and, while the key characters are all in the antiwar camp, Qualey does a nice job of making the other side's arguments known. This should appeal not only to readers of Bobbie Ann Mason's adult novel In Country (1985), but also to those looking for just a touch of romance as well as a softer edge to a young adult novel. Jeanne Triner
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Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0395689864