No, what my heart will be is a tower. And I will be right out on its rim: nothing else will be there, only pain and what can't be said, only the world. -Rainer Maria Rilke from "The Solitary Man"
Pittsburgh was darkness.
Ginny was so exceptional ... and so extremely courageous in so cowardly a time. Cowardly in the sense that dissension of any kind, any questioning of the rightness of our declaring war, was simply not tolerated. Anyone against the war was, by association, against the young soldiers fighting it, and therefore without conscience. Protesters were beaten and abused. There could be no thinking for oneself. Not then.
I killed to keep from dying. I killed to protect the boys in my squad. the history books would eventually say that I killed for the ideals of human liberty. But the history books would be dead wrong.
John Dante is seventeen when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, and he wants to fight for his country. But then he falls head over heels for Ginny Burton, who is against all war, and his beliefs are suddenly questioned. Rather than be judged a traitor or a coward, though, John enlists--a decision that changes his life forever. Includes a reader's guide and an inverview with the author.
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