“A fearless and sensitive coming-of-age story. I loved it.” --Mark Sullivan, bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky and The Last Green Valley.
Bestselling author Robert Dugoni returns with an emotionally arresting follow-up to The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell.
In 1979, Vincent Bianco has just graduated high school. His only desire: collect a little beer money and enjoy his final summer before college. So he lands a job as a laborer on a construction crew. Working alongside two Vietnam vets, one suffering from PTSD, Vincent gets the education of a lifetime. Now forty years later, with his own son leaving for college, the lessons of that summer - Vincent’s last taste of innocence and first taste of real life - dramatically unfold in a novel about breaking away, shaping a life, and seeking one’s own destiny.
A War to Talk About
First and foremost, I am a big fan of the author, Robert Dugoni and his Tracey Crosswhite series. So I knew I was in for a great read when I was approved for this ARC. What I hadn’t realized is how fantastic of a book it was going to be. I have known veterans who fought in the Vietnam War, of course not much has been discussed in the way of the actual war, but I’ve seen the way war still follows them. My husband is a combat vet of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the honesty of PTSD is refreshing in here. I’m thankful that Dugoni gave every symptom a story and a way to maybe help others who are struggling too.
I also love the way that life intertwines between being a young adult and then a parent of young adults. The contrast between the two stages really drives the stories forward. Truly an excellent read!