French Letters: Virginia's War

French Letters: Virginia's War

by Jack Woodville London
French Letters: Virginia's War

French Letters: Virginia's War

by Jack Woodville London

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Tierra Texas is a town like any other small American town in 1944 -- caught up in the war, boys in the military, men and friends gone to the city to work in the airplane factories, everyone wishing it was over and life would go back to what it was before. Everyone except Poppy Sullivan, who used his perch as owner of the local newspaper to know every secret -- who had some hidden tires, extra ration stamps, a stash of gasoline, cattle hidden from the government buyers. It was a town where everyone knew everyone's business. So, when the Thursday before Easter an announcement was posted on the post office bulletin board that Poppy's daughter Virginia had eloped with her boyfriend, Captain Hastings, over Thanksgiving, the whole town was surprised, no one more than Virginia herself, who knew nothing about it.

Virginia's War is a funny and wistful view of a simpler time where the worst of citizens took care of poor people and the best of citizens kept up a healthy trade in black market ration coupons, where boys played at soldiers and women wanted to have more of a say in their own lives.

It is a finalist in 2009 for Best Novel of the South and for Best Historical Fiction by the Military Writers Society of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990612131
Publisher: Vire Press, LLC
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Edition description: New paperback edition
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

The French Letters series of novels are widely praised for their sense of Americas in the 1940s, both at home and in the Second World War. Virginia's War was a Finalist for Best Novel of the South and the Dear Author 'Novel with a Romantic Element' contest. Engaged in War won the silver medal at the London Book Festival for General Fiction and earned Author of The Year
Honors for Jack Woodville London. The third novel in the series, Children of a Good War, is scheduled for publication.

Jack studied the craft of fiction at the Academy of Fiction, St. Céré, France and at Oxford University. He was the first Author of the Year of the Military Writers Society of America. He is the author of a number of published articles on the craft of writing and on early 20th Century history. His craft book, A Novel Approach, a short and light-hearted work on the conventions of writing, is designed to help writers who are setting out on the path to write their first book. A Novel Approach won the E-Lit Gold Medal for non-fiction in 2015.

Jack's work in progress is Shades of the Deep Blue Sea, a mystery-adventure novel about two sailors and a girl on a Pacific island that, instead of a tropical paradise, turns out to be a land of prisoner of war camps, cannibals who believe that God is singing to them from a military field radio, and an inconvenient Komodo dragon.

Jack lives in Austin, Texas. Visit him at or contact him at
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