By Allen Learst
Winner of the 2011 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.
"Renders temporary moments of serious good looks, to bare the way in which we would go beyond sorrow by way of our unwavering realization to beautiful element and the secret of creation."Melanie Rae Thon
"Time jumps during this comprehensive tale cycle, as does the boundary betwixt truth and dream, reminiscence and mind's eye. . . . And struggle, because it will, soaks all. Learst writes with the exact visceral authority of wrestle visible and visions earned. important, useful reading."Donald Anderson, writer of Fire Road
"The destruction of the human spirit by the hands of an event that's as emotionally pyrotechnic and morally absurd because the habit of [Learst's] characters."Gordon Weaver, writer of Count a Lonely Cadence
A younger naval officer crashes his F-16 fighter jet within the South China Sea, without end altering the lives of the 5 squaddies who locate his physique. They go through gritty post-Vietnam Detroit with the ladies they love during this associated choice of mental drama, sexual escapades, and latent violence tinged with compassion, grief, and love, arriving ultimately on the demise of 1 man's son in Iraq. Allen Learst's writing explores an inside warthe struggle of the psyche fought by means of all returning soldiersand their makes an attempt to evolve and live on with no the data it takes to heal or alleviate their pain.
Allen Learst, a Vietnam strive against infantryman, labored for Detroit's automobile undefined, attended university at the GI invoice, and earned his PhD in inventive writing. he's a senior lecturer on the college of Wisconsin, Marinette.
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