Wednesday, June 29, 2011

First NON-DCF book of the summer

I finished Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell last weekend.  I really enjoyed it, and found it to be a quick and absorbing read.  The main character, Jamie Dexter, is an Army brat living at Fort Hood in 1969.  Her father has raised her and her older brother TJ to believe that "the Army way is the right way," and that serving in the US Army, especially during war time, is a great honor.  Things get a bit shaken up, though, when TJ takes Colonel Dexter (Dad) at his word, and forgoes college to enlist right out of high school.  Somehow his own son risking his life feels different to the Colonel.  Or is it this particular war that makes it different?  Or is it not really the Colonel, but his wife who doesn't want TJ to serve? These concerns linger for the reader right up until the very last few pages. While Jamie is trying to sort through all of these confusing thoughts, TJ complicates things by sending her rolls of film to develop in the rec center on base.  Over the course of the next several months, she absorbs the horror of war through her brother's powerful photographs, and begins to question everything she thought she knew about war.   I think this is a great read with a lot of possibilities for thought and discussion.

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