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In the Shadows of the Sun

by Alexander Parsons

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Alexander Parsons conveyed vivid images that moved me well after the books covers were closed. The Strickland family struggles at home on the New Mexico range, while one of its members deals with life as a POW in the Pacific Theatre of WWII. Arranged around several true events that took place during the war, the characters are well defined and the situations that arise are very convincing. Don't expect to smile reading this novel. It will however, elicit responses as though you witnessed their suffering first hand, from a hidden perspective. I always recommend stories that move me, such as this one. ( )
  spartacula2 | Jul 30, 2009 |
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“This is a startlingly good novel. Alexander Parsons is a hugely talented writer and unlike anyone else of his generation.”
– Robert Boswell, author of Century’s Son

In his poignant novel, award-winning writer Alexander Parsons has captured the brutality of war, both on the front lines and at home. Set in the high desert badlands of New Mexico and the ravaged, war-torn landscape of the Philippine jungle, In the Shadows of the Sun is the story of the Stricklands, a ranching family struggling to hold on to their way of life in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. After seeing their son, Jack, leave to fight in the war, they are confronted with an eviction notice from the United States government, which is expanding a bombing and gunnery range to include their land and home. As they fight to preserve their ranch, an illicit affair and murder threaten to rip the family apart.

A world away, Jack is caught in the Pacific Theater of War, where the Allies have suffered devastating loss and defeat. He endures the horrors of the Bataan Death March and Japanese prison camps, hoping to survive long enough to make it home.

In the Shadows of the Sun vividly illustrates America’s journey through the war and post-war period, a passage lit by the fierce glare of the atomic bomb. At once a stunning portrait of the desolate beauty of the southwest and a harrowing and poetic lament about the very personal tragedy of war, this unforgettable novel delves into the nature of family, sacrifice, and that which binds us together in the face of unforgiving circumstances and tragedy.

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