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I Wish This War Were Over

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I Wish This War Were Over, runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, is a coming-of-age story of love and pain set against the tumultuous background of World War II.
Paperback, 278 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Backinprint.com (first published 1984)
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This novel is set during WWII. The narrator and protagonist, 19 year old Helen, sets out on a cross-country train trip to try to save her alcoholic mother from herself. Along the way, Helen meets and begins an affair with John O'Connell, a married soldier and union organizer who was once involved with her mother. Helen at times seems aimless, confused, and occasionally reckless. Nonetheless, she always remains a very sympathetic character. I particularly liked the way that Helen and O'Connell's ...more
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Diana Farnham O'Hehir is a poet and writer of prose from northern California. She was born in Berkeley in 1929. She taught from 1961 to 1992 at Mills College in Oakland where she is Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Professor Emerita of American Literature. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, writer Mel Fiske.

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