In this poignant and unforgettable novel, the fierce repercussions of the Vietnam War are captured from an altogether original and touching angle. This story belongs to the women: the lovers, wives, and daughters who saw their men returned safely to them--but as unfamiliar, haunted souls who would forever be out of their reach.
Remember the American Dream. Beautiful House. Children. The Suburbs. He's in one piece. Safe at home. Ignore the reality. His fear of sleep. The imaginary person he talks to. The pills. The booze. The car parked miles away from the driveway. . . .
An emotionally charged story of passionate love, unfulfilled desire, and an American dream gone terribly awry, The Things We Do to Make It Home is a powerful portrayal of six women struggling to salvage their homes and their families while discovering the limits of devotion to help those they love. Though inviting comparisons to the work of Tim O'Brien and Bobbie Ann Mason, The Things We Do to Make It Home illuminates--in its own unique and unadorned style--the destructive effects of war on those who served and those who waited behind.
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In the decades since the end of the Vietnam War, American writers of all stripes have staked out that cataclysmic conflict as a subject for literature. Tim O'Brien, Michael Herr, Ron Kovic, David Rabe--the list of authors who have rendered men and war is long and impressive; the fact that there's nary a woman among them is perhaps not surprising, as combat is, for the most part, a male activity. But men weren't the only ones affected by Vietnam--for every soldier in a rice paddy, there was a mother, a sister, a lover back home; when their men came back changed by the experience of war, life changed for the women, as well. In her impressive debut novel, Beverly Gologorsky skillfully depicts the lives of three returned veterans and the women who love them. The story begins in 1973, shortly after Rooster, Frankie, Nick, Sean, Rod, and Jason return home from Vietnam, and it's obvious something's not quite right.
Waiting for his girlfriend, Millie, to dress for a party, Rooster can't sit still.
He counts twenty-two steps from the bedroom door to the end of the living room.... She doesn't like him barging in while she's dressing. She says that he's got to give her some privacy. Soon there'll be thunder, lightning. He begins snapping his fingers. Twenty-two steps. He turns, fixes his eyes on the door. Twenty-two steps. Hey, baby, anchors need to be close to their boats.All of the men in Gologorsky's book are damaged goods and all the women do their best to patch them up, with mostly disappointing results. What elevates this novel above your run-of-the-mill tale of dysfunction and heartache is Gologorsky's unsentimental yet compassionate rendering of all her characters, both male and female. Though the plot is occasionally thin, the pain and passion carry you through. From the Back Cover:
Advance praise for Beverly Gologorsky's THE THINGS WE DO TO MAKE IT HOME
"In The Things We Do to Make It Home, Beverly Gologorsky shines a brilliant and disturbing light into a time and place too long left in shadows by American literature. With great compassion and insight, she opens up to us not only the psychic realm of returned Vietnam vets but the even more neglected stories of the women--wives and daughters both--who loved them."
"Beverly Gologorsky is on intimate terms with the mysterious reservoirs of feeling her men and women bring to the task of making it home from a war that won't let go. She also knows the worlds in which they move, the barrooms, beauty shops, city parks at night, hospitals, and airports, and renders them beautifully. But it's her extraordinary sensitivity to the burden of history that Vietnam's veterans and their families carry in the marrow of their lives that marks The Things We Do to Make It Home for the shortlist of postwar classics."
"Beverly Gologorsky's remarkable The Things We Do to Make It Home rings with truth. This is forceful writing about the undertow of the Vietnam War and other undersides of American life that I've seen evoked nowhere else. It's a gripping read."
"A poignant reminder of the ravages our country suffered from the saddest of all possible wars."
"A wrenching and original novel on the wages of war and the damage done by wrecked men to the women and children who want to love them."
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Descripción Ballantine Books, 2000. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0345428021