From the author of Dances With Wolves comes this tale of a young man's coming of age. Set in 1966 on an airbase in the Southwest, AIRMAN MORTENSEN focuses on the life of a teenage soldier who is struggling simultaneously with the perils of institutional life & the complications of first love. Having said no to an officer's order, Airman Mortensen is banished to the latrines, working there while he awaits court martial. But just as the dreariness of his life & the uncertainty of his future reach the breaking point, Airman Mortensen meets Claire, the base commander's seventeen year-old daughter. Filled with sly humor, AIRMAN MORTENSEN is written in the clear, spare style that distinguishes Blake's work. It further enhances the presence of a uniquely American voice, a gifted chronicler of our near & distant past.
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