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Message from Nam (1990)

by Danielle Steel

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Message from Nam by Danielle Steel
Paxton is raised in the south and with an older brother she feels so much closer to the nanny/chef, Queenie than her mother and brother.
Her father had passed away several years ago and she wanted to make her own path in the world. It was just after JFK had been shot and she has strong desires to follow her path and stand up for what she believes in.
When she didn't get accepted at Harvard she chooses Berkley in CA.
She moves in with others at college and forms a bond with Gabby who's there to get a husband and her brother attends to study for his law career. Paxton is into civil rights and she talks to Peter a lot over the months.
Peter is in love with her and she with him as they discover sex. After the first year she returns home to the job at the paper-the society page but she wants to be part of the protests about the Vietnam war. Peter has been protesting by sit-ins.
She has a falling out with her family and goes back to college in CA where she lies with Peter and his sister til Gabby pregnant gets married and moves out. Peter is drafted and not even his father, owner of the newspaper can keep him safe-out of the war.
Family is notified of his death by friendly fire and Pax goes to be with his family for a while.
Although others are looking out for her in the field they take her to the front line...
Love hearing about all the travel and the war details were not so gory to make me stop reading..
She does have a love interest but he's married and they both know she has no stake in each other. She has no home but feels as if Saigon is her home and she feels comfortable there. She travels back there again to be the newspapers war respondent.
She keeps going back to find him...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | Jun 10, 2013 |
As always, Danielle Steel never fails to make me cry.
  crazylove | Oct 23, 2008 |
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As a journalist, Paxton Andrews would experience  Vietnam firsthand. We follow her from high school in Savannah to  college in Berkeley and then to work in Saigon.

For the soldiers she  knew and met there, Viet Nam would change their  lives in ways they could never have imagined. For the men  in her life, Viet Nam would change their lives in ways hey could not  escape or deny. Peter  Wilson, fresh from law school, was a new recruit  who would confont his fate in Da Nang. Ralph  Johnson, a seasoned AP correspondent, had been in  Saigon since the beginning. He knew Vietnam and the  war inside out. Bill Quinn, captain of the Cu Chi  tunnel rats, was on his fourth tour of duty and it  seemed nothing could touch him. Sergeant Tony  Campobello had come to Vietnam from the streets of  New York to vent a rage that had followed him all the way to Saigon.  

For seven years  Paxton Andrews would write an acclaimed newspaper  column from the front before finally returning to the  States and then attending the Paris peace talks.  But for her and the men who fought in Viet Nam,  life would never be the same again.

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Paxton Andrews escaped from Georgia to Berkeley, California to attend college. After her fiancee was killed in Vietnam, she went to Saigon for seven years as a war correspondent. Life was never the same again.

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