An Owl Among the Ruins

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Vantage Press, Inc, 2007 - Fiction - 271 pages
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It's February 12, 1969, a year after the Vietnamese Tet Offensive. Mired in an increasingly difficult and unpopular war, many American G.I.s find themselves wondering why they are there, whether they are still doing the "right" thing, and how long they will remain separated from their families. Added to the mix of uncertainty are the interpersonal politics of relationships. Years later, when Henry Benson, a retired Army officer who is now an Episcopal minister, receives a letter from the daughter of a deceased fellow officer, it brings back a flood of memories. Finding it difficult to respond due to the unhappy circumstances of her father's death, Henry begins to search for fellow officers who remember the former comrade, to help him sort out his own memories and feelings regarding a discordant relationship with an angry and unhappy superior. W.F. Bellais II has delivered a truly moving account. An Owl Among the Ruins is a tale of Army life, the power of memory, friendship, and forgiveness. Book jacket.

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