A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’s journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Like the best of literature, Revenants, the Odyssey Home, is difficult to categorize. It’s a mystery, a love story, a coming-of-age story, an historical novel, a story of political intrigue, a war novel. Its richness is the richness of life. Its intention is to be compelling entertainment and to evoke timeless and universal truths. As such, Revenants will not fade quickly as less substantial novels do but will resonate in the reader’s heart and mind for years to come.
Mark Spencer, Dean
School of Arts and Humanities
And Professor of Creative Writing
Master of Fine Arts Program
University of Arkansas at Monticello
War and it’s aftermath have so many levels of destruction. The person on the battle field is just the tip of the iceberg. War scars families, damaging generations, and this family does not escape any of the aftermath.
This isn’t a book I’d normally read, it’s too real, too heartbreaking. It’s about war, and the shadow of pain left in it’s wake. I was drawn to it for some unknown reason I couldn’t turn it down. So here I am feeling the dark devastation of the Vietnam War of those who didn’t come home, those who did but left something behind and those here at home left to unscramble all the pieces.
We follow young girl, Betsy, through her maze of life and lose, her findings and the ties that were never broken. Betsy is an amazing character supported by an intriguing cast of people and their love, war, lies and hopes. The death of her brother in the Vietnam War changes everything at so many levels. She is forced into candy striping at a local VA hospital where she meets a mystery that will take her and her friends deep into a time long forgotten.
I really can’t tell you more without spoiling the discovery for you. I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It will be with me for many years, haunt me. I finished this with with a need to visit a VA hospital and hold someones hand and listen. A beautiful book.
YodaMom on December 27, 2015