- File Size: 671 KB
- Print Length: 162 pages
- Publisher: Anchor (December 18, 2007)
- Publication Date: December 18, 2007
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000XU8DKQ
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The tiny family--mother, son, daughter--is devastated when their father is suddenly taken away in his robe and slippers, suspected of who knows what. A few months later they are forced to give up everything and move to a dusty prison camp somewhere in Utah.
After more than three years they return home, changed and traumatized. Eventually they are reunited with the father, but he too is changed, a broken shadow of himself.
The story is told in eloquent, simple, spare prose, in small but telling details, in the fragmented but powerful insights of the two children and their mother. It is never over-stated, never sentimental, yet it will bring you to tears.
The book concludes with a short but powerful epilogue, a fierce and powerful essay on what it means for anyone to be "them," to be "the enemy."
This is a painful book, but it is important for you to read it. I cannot recommend it too strongly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
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I join all the others in saluting - bowing - to this author. Like a Haiku, this book speaks from its words, from its spaces, from its silences, and from its brevity. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Katherine Cameron
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Well written and disturbing. No surprise. I.will probably read some of the other accounts referenced at the end of her bookPublished 3 months ago by jim6
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