An American Tune: A Novel

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Indiana University Press, 2012 - Fiction - 315 pages
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While reluctantly accompanying her husband and daughter to freshman orientation at Indiana University, Nora Quillen hears someone call her name, a name she has not heard in more than 25 years. Not even her husband knows that back in the '60s she was Jane Barth, a student deeply involved in the antiwar movement. An American Tune moves back and forth in time, telling the story of Jane, a girl from a working-class family who fled town after she was complicit in a deadly bombing, and Nora, the woman she became, a wife and mother living a quiet life in northern Michigan. An achingly poignant account of a family crushed under the weight of suppressed truths, An American Tune illuminates the irrevocability of our choices and how those choices come to compose the tune of our lives.

 

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PROLOGUE Deja Vu
1
PART ONE The Expensive Moment 19651974
9
PART TWO The Continuous Life JULY 2002JANUARY 2003
139
PART THREE Unfinished Days JANUARYJULY 2003
247
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About the author (2012)

Barbara Shoup is author of six novels and co-author of two books about the creative process. Her short fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in The Writer and the New York Times travel section and her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony, were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults.

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