Synopses & Reviews
In the summer of 1984, the war in Vietnam came home to Sam Hughes, whosefather was killed there before she was born. The soldier-boy in the picture never changed. In a way that made him dependable. But he seemed so innocent. "Astronauts have been to the moon," she blurted out to the picture. "You missed Watergate. I was in the second grade."
She stared at the picture, squinting her eyes, as if she expected it to cometo life. But Dwayne had died with his secrets. Emmett was walking around with his. Anyone who survived Vietnam seemed to regard it as something personal andembarrassing. Granddad had said they were embarrassed that they were still alive. "I guess you're not embarrassed," she said to the picture.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
"Sam Hughes is no ordinary young girl fresh out of high school in a provincial Kentucky town. To be sure, she does get excited over earrings and TV videos and who's hanging out at the Burger Boy, but Vietnam is her real obsession: her uncle Emmet's exposure to Agent Orange, the war's mental and physical crippling of Emmet's veteran buddies, and—most important—the loss to Vietnam of her father, whom she never knew. In Country traces Sam's struggle to discover her father, to make sense of the war and his death. The theme of entrapment and escape carries the novel from Hopewell, Kentucky to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington and a final scene that is stunning in its poignancy and power." Reviewed by Don Fry, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
The bestselling novel and deeply affecting story of a young girl's confrontation with the legacy of Vietnam. "A brilliant and moving book . . . a moral tale that entwines public history with private anguish."--"New York Times."
About the Author
Bobbie Ann Mason has won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her books include In Country and Feather Crowns. She lives in her native Kentucky.