Tom MacLaine is surprised when a senior Viet Cong sergeant befriends and helps him get medical care for his wounded arm. Two POWs who are locked in his bamboo cage with him further surprise MacLaine. One is a mad man, and the other has been so maltreated he is near death. MacLaine tries in vain to help both. A geriatric judge jails MacLaine's lawyer sister, Elizabeth, for contempt of court. She is the only female in the jail and sexually harassed by male inmates. Her uncle Harley, a fierce biker and brawler, comes to her rescue but cannot secure her release. Elizabeth conceives a clever plan to gain her freedom with the help of her best friend, the judge's daughter. Despite being on opposite sides of the world, the lives of Tom and Elizabeth continue to be emotionally entwined in hope, spirit and determination to gain his freedom, too.
Set in the conformist 1950s and reaching back to span two world wars, Ellen Baker’ s superb novel is the story of a newlywed who falls in love with a grand abandoned house and begins to unravel dark secrets woven through the generations of a family. Like Whitney Otto’s How to Make an American Quilt in its intimate portrayal of women’ s…
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