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4.60  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Shrapnel is a coming-of-age story in the nick of time for 77-year-old Bing Butler. Forced by age and circumstance to leave his beloved Texas and move in with his daughter in West Virginia, Bing's right-wing, old-school ways often put him at odds with his left-leaning daughter. Also challenged are his views of Appalachia, a place known only through 1960s War-on-Poverty comm ...more
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published August 24th 2012 by River City Publishing
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jv poore
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adore a classic theme with a twist, my favourite motif is self-discovery. As I marvel at the courage and strength possessed by a character forging his own path, I feel proud and genuinely happy for the accomplishment. I tend to close these books feeling satisfied. Usually, the person that I’m admiring is a teen, or a young adult. Things change dramatically when the person embarking on this journey is a seventy-seven year old, WWII veteran.

Recently widowed and forced to leave his home in Texas
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kept me up until 3 in the morning reading! Saved a few pages for this morning though, as I hate to finish a good book. I must admit, I didn't like the main character, Bing Butler, very much at first. But little by little, the author brings out his life story as he adjusts to a move across country to live with his daughter and her family. We learn about Bing's successes, failures and regrets. Truly a lesson that you are never too old to learn and grow emotionally. I also enjoyed the references to ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A moving story about life and death and change and fear and loyalty. A book written with a lot of love.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I am so glad I read this book. Three generations deal with life's passing from several different perspectives. This is a thoughtful story, and well worth the time.
M. Squires
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book...I still think about Bing and wonder if a second book is coming. His character is so real, so like someone you probably know... Totally engaging, tremendously engaging. A MUST read again kinda book!
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Marie Manilla is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Prairie Schooner, Mississippi Review, and other journals. Her novels include The Patron Saint of Ugly (2014), and Shrapnel (2012), which won the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel. Still Life with Plums: Short Stories (2010), was a finalist for both the Weatherford Award and ForeWord Rev ...more

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