The worry over Jimmy's safety breathes life into a secret that cripples his parents' marriage, and when Jimmy is listed as missing in action the family begins to collapse. After three years as a prisoner of war, Jimmy returns home almost unrecognizable: broken and frail, a shadow of the young man he used to be. And Earwig is thrust into a role he never could have imagined: protector to someone who had always protected him.
©2005 Sandra Kring; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Heartfelt....Strong characters, a clear community portrait, and a memorable protagonist whose poignant fumblings cloak an innocent wisdom demonstrate Kring's promise." (Publishers Weekly)
I thoroughly enjoyed this listen from start to finish. Sandra Kring's writing is superb, and the narrator does a wonderful job of bringing it to life. I'm going to look for more by this author.
A fine book. Simply told. Great reader. Nicely balanced ending.
By coincidence, I read this after reading Army at Down. The historical background of Operation Torch gave me insight and personalized the turmoil that was the collective experience of WWII. Made this novel particularly moving. I recommend this book.
Narrated by one brother who suffered brain injury during a childhood illness, this story begins a few years before WWII and through the early post-service years of the other brother. Typical small town characters with small town gossip, secrets and family love. This is a quick listen with some beautiful and sometimes funny insights looking back on those days as illustrated by someone who is referred to as "simple-minded".
Memorable, Insightful, Straightforward
When Earwig finally unloads on Mrs. Pritchett.
I think he got Earl (Earwig) Gunderman's voice just right. The inflections and cadence, was just right for dialogue, thoughts and observations.
A good story, harkening back to the 1930s and 40s, the good times and the difficult, as seen through Earwig's eyes--from the War and the struggles of the soldiers returning, to friendships through good and bad.
I was very disappointed with on going language. I do know the writter could have used better language. NOT everyone in that time spoke that way. The subject was good. But that is all.
I did finish the book and I do like the way it ended.
"'Stand by me' meets 'Forrest Gump'"
This is a remarkable book, beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. Funny sad and enlightening in equal measure I just wanted it to go on and on.
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