Come in from the Coldby Marsha Qualey
“I want yesterday.” That’s all seventeen-year-old Maud can say when she gets the news about her sister: Lucy’s dead, killed in a bomb blast. Without even a body to bury, Maud is left with only questions: How? Why? Maud’s search for answers leads her down the same path her sister took. But all she finds are empty words and more
“I want yesterday.” That’s all seventeen-year-old Maud can say when she gets the news about her sister: Lucy’s dead, killed in a bomb blast. Without even a body to bury, Maud is left with only questions: How? Why? Maud’s search for answers leads her down the same path her sister took. But all she finds are empty words and more questions. Jeff struggles down a separate but parallel path. His brother, a Marine, has been called up to Vietnam. To the world, Jeff looks the part of a conservative preppy, but inside, he questions the war. But does questioning the war mean he doesn’t support his brother?
It’s 1969, and life in America has become an angry jumble of patriotism and rebellion, cynicism and hope. Jeff and Maud are caught up in the confusion. All they want is stability. What they get is each other. Hopefully, it’ll be enough.
"Qualey's novel is fast-paced, well written, and appealing, and concludes with a strong sense of love and hope." School Library Journal
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
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- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Marsha Qualey was born in Austin, Minnesota and has lived in Montana, Texas, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. She now resides in St. Paul with her husband and four children.
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Maud and Jeff are two teenagers, thrown together by protesting the Vietnam war. They feel a special connection over both having lost a sibling because of the war -- Maud's sister, Lucy, in an explosion of a science lab at the University of Minnesota, and Jeff's brother in Vietnam.
These events cause them to forge a bond and lead them to a commune where they try to come to terms with their losses and the war around them.
Strong, a little controversial, and wholly authentic, COME IN FROM THE COLD candidly captures life in America circa 1969 -- all of the tension, apprehension, hope, and love.
Ms. Qualey has crafted a read that is not only inspiring but also historically educational. It's so entertaining, though, you won't even realize it. The novel accurately mirrors all of the passion, urgency, and even violence of the times.