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Along the Watchtower by Constance Squires
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Jul 22, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2010

A wonderfully compelling novel that touches so many chords. Smart, funny, and beautifully written, this near-picaresque tale of a young army brat coming of age in Germany and Oklahoma and her on-the-brink military family resonates with era, place, and Lucinda Collins's sassy, sometimes aching, always observant sensibility. And I love the broader picture being painted by the author here. With muscular prose and richly observed detail, Squires recreates the era between two wars in an American military haunted by Vietnam, based in a resurgent Germany haunted by World War II. Lucinda’s untethered life, her complex relationship with her career military father, and her rocketing, ricocheting discovery of self, the powerful forces that rock music holds, and the truth about where ‘home’ lies, all make for a gripping, magical, rollercoaster ride. A terrific read, with layers and layers and layers of subtext and history and rock'n'roll underneath.
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