War Babies

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New Directions Publishing, 2001 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 114 pages
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Frederick Busch's novel War Babies is a short, powerful moral tale that sheds light upon the insidious nature of evil and the grip history holds on the lives of the seemingly protected innocent. Peter Santore, the narrator, is an American lawyer in his mid-thirties come to England to track down a certain Hilary Pennels, the daughter of a Korean War hero who died in a POW campthe same camp in which Peter's own father turned traitor and whose informing became, perhaps, the cause of Hilary's father's death. Only Hilary's guardian, Foxhimself a survivor of the campcan explain, if he will, the troubling past that haunts the now fully grown "war babies." As Frederick Busch's relentless narrative bears down upon this complexity of betrayals, the lines between exploiter and exploited become eerily blurred.
 

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

WAR BABIES is probably my least favorite Frederick Busch book so far, and I think I've read a dozen or more of his 27 books by now. The subject here is the residue of the Korean War, or "conflict," as ... Read full review

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Section 1
1
Section 2
29
Section 3
51
Section 4
70
Section 5
92
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Frederick Busch (1941–2006) was the recipient of many honors, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, a National Jewish Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award. The prolific author of sixteen novels and six collections of short stories, Busch is renowned for his writing’s emotional nuance and minimal, plainspoken style. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he lived most of his life in upstate New York, where he worked for forty years as a professor at Colgate University.

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