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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425215075, Paperback)Nineteen-year-old Iris Sunnaret thought her two brothers died bravely in combat during the Vietnam War. Months later, though, she hears a different account: that one brother killed the other. Determined to uncover the truth-and to keep her family from being ripped apart-Iris winds up uncovering something shocking about her siblings, her supposedly idyllic family, and herself.
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"Nineteen-year-old Iris Sunnaret, her sister Angie, and brothers Perry and Eddie live happily in a family that adopted them after their mother's accidental death and their military father's abandonment. The youngest of the children, Iris has few clear memories of her mother and father, and no reason to question anything she's been told by the adoptive parents she loves and trusts. She believes her world is secure, knowable, immovable." "But then history intervenes in the form of the Vietnam War, and her brothers are drawn into the conflict when they volunteer to serve overseas. Neither returns - Eddie's body and dog tags are recovered in a jungle clearing, and Perry simply vanishes. According to official records, both died bravely in combat on the same day, but a man who served in their platoon appears on the family's doorstep months later, offering to tell them what really happened. Perry saved the lives of the men in his platoon countless times, the man says, and the last time he saved us, he did it by killing his brother." "In an instant, Iris's idyllic world is gone. Her family dismisses the veteran's nightmarish story as false, and tries to move past their loss. But confusion and grief pit them against one another. Angie, who had always been Iris's protector and confidante, breaks away and plunges into dangerous political and sexual alliances. When Iris reaches out to her, hoping for reconciliation, Angie insists that now everyone must choose a side. You can't be the peacemaker, the baby in the family, anymore, her sister says. That's over." "Finally, Iris takes the only stand that she can imagine, and sets out to find what really happened to her brothers. The path she follows brings her into unfamiliar territory: the Iroquois Nation, the Italian neighborhood of a small New York town, and buried parts of her own past. What she discovers will tear apart and then reweave her relationship with her sister, and propel her into adulthood and the liberating and consuming experience of love."--BOOK JACKET.
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