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In the wake of bestsellers on "the greatest generation" comes Kevin Coyne's luminous Marching Home. Unlike other books tackling the scope of World War II and the accomplishments of the Americans who fought in it, Coyne has created an exquisite miniature.
Marching Home follows the lives of six young men from the town of Freehold, New Jersey, beginning with their teenage years before the war. Coyne tracks them through their years of military service and back to Freehold to pick up their lives where they left off. What's so extraordinary about Coyne's narrative are the exceptionally ordinary lives of his subjects. None of the men he traces go on to hold high public office or become a captains of industry later in life. Instead, they are real estate brokers, builders, custodians, and police officers who, except for the time spent overseas during the war, have lived out their lives in one town.
Coyne's is a story repeated in countless communities across America -- of men whose wartime experience honed their desire to live with quiet dignity. His attention to the details of his subjects' lives, times, and hometown is flawless, and Coyne recounts the mens' stories with such sensitivity and truthfulness that his book has a strangely paradoxical effect: It makes six otherwise unexceptional lives exalted. (Spring 2003 Selection)