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Love and War

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Molly Drayton is twelve years old when she tells JFK that she loves him at a New York campaign stop in 1960. Across the country, thirteen year-old Jack Masterson and his widowed mother are leaving Ohio for a new life in California. In a few years, Molly s father will be Under Secretary of Defense. Jack will be a Marine in Vietnam. In April 1970, their lives intersect by ...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by Cobalt House, LLC
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Amanda Spake
Feb 04, 2012 Amanda Spake rated it really liked it
Shelves: serious-fiction

Where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot? Alive? In school? Not yet born?

If you were alive, you probably remember very well the day JFK was assassinated. The Kennedy assassination – and all the came after it—defined a generation. The generation began that day in Dallas, in 1963 and it ended with the fall of Saigon in 1975—what is now often called “The Sixties”-- but was really twelve years of massive social, cultural and intellectual upheaval that had a lasting and indelible impact on Am
Dan Duffy
May 31, 2014 Dan Duffy rated it it was amazing
Finigan's book explores struggles faced by Molly (college student) and Jack (Vietnam Vet) before and after meeting each other. Her book helps me to understand what my older brother had to deal with after returning from Vietnam.
I know he had PTSD although the military hadn't yet identified it as a diagnosis. This quote sums it up for me: "Some days it took time to re-enter the world of the living, to emerge from the pull of dreams, another plane of existence where he had a life and responsibiliti
Mary Moore
Aug 27, 2011 Mary Moore rated it it was amazing
A terrific love story set mostly in the 1960s. Molly Drayton, a war protester and daughter of a high-powered Washington Republican, encounters Jack Drayton, a Vietnam vet who is far removed from the life Molly has known. (The war scenes are brief but VERY powerful.) Finigan gets inside the heads of these two characters while also vividly capturing the drama of war and politics during the era. Beautiful writing, compelling story.
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At the height of the Vietnam War, author Linda Hanley Finigan shared a Washington, DC jail cell with Leonard Bernstein’s wife, while next door, Judy Collins serenaded the cell block with an a capella version of “Amazing Grace.”

She worked on Capitol Hill as a Congressional aide to Arizona Democrat Morris K. Udall, and as a spokesperson for the People’s Coalition for Peace and Justice. As an indepe
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