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In the boughs, chimes I'd strung years ago plinked an irate, whangy melody like Jimi Hendrix raised up in Danang. I wished I could go on to the Fleur Rouge with my fishing pole, but I knew that was impossible, for my duty lay in finding and arresting my best friend, who had finally killed a lawman."
So begins, "Killing Scissor-tailed Flycatchers is Unlawful," one in a collection of connected short stories in SWEETWATER, OKLAHOMA. Sweetwater is a thriving small city of the modern prairie, inhabited by a country of people common and curious at the same time, a folk whose lives range from the earthly and discouraged to the sublime. SWEETWATER, OKLAHOMA is a book full of surprises. We pull for a fugitive Indian godfather on the run. We visit a defiant lady rancher fighting to hold on to land and life. We watch an adulterous soap opera father trying to win back a son he has forsaken. Many more colorful citizens and their stories await us in this book to relish.
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Stanley W. Beesley, a native of Oklahoma, also wrote VIETNAM: THE HEARTLAND REMEMBERS (University of Oklahoma Press, Berkley Publishing Group), a book which gives voice to a body of American men and women who fought the Vietnam War. Critical acclaim for this work came from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist Magazine, Military History, West Coast Review, Washington Monthly, Tulsa Tribune, Dallas Morning News, The Californians, Sunday Oklahoman and many more.
"This is a hard, strong book." - New York City Tribune. "Highly recommended." Library Journal .
"The book is a dark walk down Memory Lane. Take the walk." - Topeka Capital-Journal. " Beesley has done quite well." - Mark Baker, author of award winning NAM.
VIETNAM: THE HEARTLAND REMEMBERS was a 1996 Junior Scholastic Magazine book club selection (For mature readers.) as a resource for young people on the American experience in Vietnam.
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