Set against the tumult of the 1960s, including the fabled Summer of Love, contentious civil rights and anti-war demonstrations, and the shocking assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, teenager Paul Milton suddenly finds the racial tensions and intensifying War in Vietnam are no longer just distant events playing out on TV, but bitter upheavals fraught with potentially fatal consequences that could tear apart both his family and country. Gum-chewing Paul’s plans for a carefree summer are turned upside-down when the turmoil plaguing America descends upon his family’s otherwise quiet split-level suburban home. As another school year draws to a close, Paul’s relaxing, gone-swimming, baseball-playing days of summer beckon until Mary—his older, anti-Establishment sister—drifts in from college with her granola-munching roommate just in time to attend their brother Chris’ high school graduation. After a commencement ceremony marked by the valedictorian’s inflammatory protest speech, Chris—recently jilted in his pursuit of glory on the football field—begins making noise about marching off to boot camp instead of going to college. This unexpected prospect offends Mary’s strident anti-war sensibilities, and the spat between the two siblings quickly escalates into a Vietnam-sized conflagration that leaves the whole family reeling.
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About the Author
Growing up outside of Pittsburgh in the 1960’s, I was afforded a kids-eye view of the Beatles, Beach Boys and Major League Baseball, as well as such decade-defining events as the Summer of Love, Civil Rights demonstrations, the Vietnam War and LBJ’s announcement not to seek re-election—and the jolting assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. I was immersed in the kind of soaring hopes and bitter disillusionment which defined a generation. As such, it is safe to say A House Divided began gestating years before taking shape in its current form. When I’m not writing, I teach Social Studies and P.E. I’m an avid runner, history buff, political junkie and erstwhile Frisbee player. I live with my wife near Austin, TX, and when not teaching, writing, or running, I enjoy visiting our three daughters and lovely granddaughter in Houston, TX, and Down East Maine.
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite A House Divided: A Saga of the Sixties by Kip Sieger is a family saga set against a strong political backdrop, with references to the war in Vietnam and anti-war demonstrations in the US. Meet Paul Milton, who would have been looking forward to a great summer vacation with the usual activities that lift his spirits, but the news on TV is depressing. His sister, Mary, comes home from college with her roommate, “her freewheeling friend trailing airily in her wake,” to attend the graduation of their brother, Chris. An event that should have been a great family get-together quickly turns into an unfortunate one that could tear the family apart when Chris expresses his desire to join a boot camp rather than going to college. Mary stands against everything that speaks of war, and her brother’s dreams of joining a boot camp couldn’t be more offensive. Follow this powerful conflict as a once united family faces the greatest challenge yet. This is a work of great intelligence and imagination, a story that brilliantly captures the tumult of a historical moment while demonstrating deftly how the events of the war affected personal lives and families. Kip Sieger is a great storyteller and he knows how to keep readers engaged, thanks to his gift for character and plot. The characters are real and believable, each infused with a strong sense of humanity, and each facing a conflicting situation in life. They are conceived with solid backgrounds. The conflict is masterfully handled and this drives the plot. The pacing in A House Divided: A Saga of the Sixties is fast and the action is developed in a way that keeps the reader focused on reading on to see how the story ends. The first person narrative voice will keep readers utterly mesmerized and absorbed.