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Peace Corps Volunteer Laura Jenson has a lot in common with Peter Franklin, a Fulbright Scholar, whom she meets in Guatemala City in 1963. Both of them are inspired by JFK’s call to action for a new foreign policy that would help the poor and promote democracy. What they find, however, is the reality of America’s one-dimensional Cold War policies that got us into Vietnam a ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published June 15th 2017 by Harvard Square Editions
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Mark Walker
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can appreciate why this book was one of the most anticipated small press books of 2017due to the impressive background of the author as well as it being a poignant love story wrapped in a dynamic political novel in a period which resonates today. I knew this was a must read for me as I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the early 70s and worked in and around Santa Cruz, Quiche. I identified with both main characters—with Peter as the Fulbright Scholar, as well as the Peace Corps Volunteer, Laura, ...more
Marnie Mueller
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific page turner with marvelous, profound characters, as well as a cautionary tale for our times. It took me back to my own work as a community organizer in Latin America in exactly the same years—1963 to 1965, at the height of United States’ cold war machinations in that region of the world. If you want to read an insightful, honest view of that shameful period, you can do no better than delving into this novel. Alan Howard is to be applauded for writing it as is Harvard Square Ed ...more
Nancy Nason
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the Land of Eternal Spring will hold your interest. The writing is a bit uneven. The author has written for numerous newspapers and magazines and his reporter's eye is ever present.
The story takes place in Guatemala in the 1960's. Laura is there as a Peace Corp volunteer and Peter as a Fulbright Scholar. This book makes you look at your views and question them.
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The book was well written and documented inasmuch as the author experienced first hand the events described. Living in Guatemala myself during that time frame, I was able to relate to and concur with his experiences. This was the beginning of a cruel civil war that lasted 35 terrible years that has scarred the country and its people permanently.


Barbie
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Sometimes confusing for me to follow. I don't understand politics and policies well and don't know or remember anything about the Guatamala rebellion. I wasn't impressed with the love story, either, as how could Peter love Laura but live and sleep with Argelia? Unlike the woman at the reading and talk, I believe Laura is dead. I believe the story was written as such.
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Alan Howard has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Dissent, public television and labor union publications about workers and politics in the US and many other countries around the world.

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