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Lost Everything Paperback – April 10, 2012
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About the Author
Brian Francis Slattery was born and raised in upstate New York. He is an editor for the U.S. Institute of Peace and the New Haven Review. He is the author of Spaceman Blues and Liberation, and is also a musician. He lives near New Haven, CT.
Top customer reviews
That is the rich back drop for a story that explores the resiliency of family and society while absurd vengeance and a looming storm threaten. The book is narrated by a mysterious stranger who years later has tracked down those once involved. Several times the action reminded me of Sherman's March from history and Apocalypse Now the movie that imagined the Vietnam War. A passage that took place in Millersburg was particularly reminiscent of the film. I struggled with the timeline a bit and it took some time to figure out the novel's flow but in the end I was rewarded and look forward to rereading Lost Everything.