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5.0 out of 5 stars "Our secret hearts can only hide for so long", September 3, 2010
This review is from: Up from the Blue: A Novel (Paperback)
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Don't read too many detailed reviews of this book until you have read the book. You don't want anything to spoil it for you.

Reading this book was like devouring a wonderfully rich dessert. I wanted to slowly savor every bite, rolling it around on my tongue, but I could not slow down, I had to rush forward until the whole thing was consumed. The prose is flawless and rich; the characters true to life, and I could picture the house and the family perfectly.

As Henderson described the life inside the military family of the 1970's I felt sure she must have been looking in the picture windows of the 1950's houses in my neighborhood of military families. She saw the strict father who must be saluted; the son who sits up very straight and says "yes sir". And there was the mother who gave up her dreams to follow her soldier husband around the country so he could advance in rank. Lastly, there was the little girl, confused and lonely, who had to learn to keep her emotions in little boxes on the shelf. And behind those tightly curtained windows, no one was allowed to know what went on there.

I wish Susan Henderson great success with this book, it is an absolute prize of a novel.
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Initial post: Jan 19, 2012 8:10:14 AM PST
I was part of a military family in the 1950s (as a son) and in the 1970s (as a father and officer). Nice to read of a book that - perhaps - challenges the stereotype of the domineering soldier who brings about family dysfunction. The reality is that most military parents are good parents, and that "military brats" generally turn out to be normal, responsible and frequently high-achievers.
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