From Publishers Weekly
Thousands of letters and messages have been left at the Vietnam Memorial Wall since its dedication in 1982, many preserved by the National Park Service as part of a planned museum collection. Palmer, who worked in Saigon as a reporter in the early '70s, found and interviewed many of the people who left them. The resulting book combines the messages with the comments of those who wrote them, and one would have to look far to find a work that stirs deeper emotions. Reading it is a cathartic experience rather than a depressing one. The bodies of the fallen are buried elsewhere, but as far as the surviving family members, friends and comrades are concerned, the spirits of the dead seem to dwell in and around the monument itself. Shrapnel in the Heart is in its own way as awesome a memorial as the wall. Photos. Major ad/promo; author tour.
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From School Library Journal
YA Journalist Palmer, who covered the Vietnam War and the fall of Saigon, personalizes the tragic loss of young Americans killed in two decades of fighting our least popular war. She weaves together interviews with par ents, siblings, wives, children, home town friends, and battle field buddies, all coming to grips, if not peace, with the deaths of loved ones. Moved by let ters left at the Vietnam Veterans Me morial in Washington, D.C., Palmer opens a window on the soldier's life in Vietnam and the sorrow, anger, de spair, and keen loss of the survivors. Her account adds another piece to the Vietnam puzzle being explored in re cent films and in books such as Edel man's Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (Pocket, 1986). Alice Conlon, University of Houston
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