The Coldest Night: A Novel

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Algonquin Books, 2012 - Fiction - 287 pages
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Henry Childs is just seventeen when he falls into a love affair so intense it nearly destroys him. To escape the wrath of the young girl's father, Henry joins the Marines, arriving in Korea on the eve of the brutal battle of the Chosin Reservoir--the defining moment of the Korean War. There he confronts an enemy force far beyond the scope of his imagining, but the challenges he meets upon his return home, scarred and haunted, are greater by far. 
From the steamy streets of New Orleans to the bone-chilling Korean landscape, award-winning author Robert Olmstead takes us into one of the most physically challenging battles in history and, with just as much intensity, into an electrifying, all-consuming love affair. 

 

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

The Coldest Night is the story of Henry Childs, a working class lad, who at seventeen falls intensely in love with Mercy, who happens to be the judge’s daughter and thus far above him. Her family ... Read full review

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User Review  - MikeFutcher - LibraryThing

I really wanted to like The Coldest Night, but I just couldn't. It came with great critical acclaim and also seemed to be popular among reviewers on sites like Amazon and Goodreads, and indeed here on ... Read full review

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Robert Olmstead is the author of eight books. The Coldest Night was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, a Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Fiction Book of 2012, and an Amazon Best Book of 2012. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award and was a #1 Book Sense pick. Far Bright Star was the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant and is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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