Four decades after World War II, 1986 is a year of terrorist hijackings, of personal computers and CD players, of AIDS and Miami Vice. It also is a year in which a beloved doctor falls to his death, a Pan Am pilot is shot while trying to foil the takeover of Pan Am flight 73, and when four bitter French widows use their medicines as bets to play poker in their retirement home while a lonely nun observes her vows of silence in an Irish convent. And it is the year when a cache of faded letters is discovered in a cellar, causing Frank Hastings to realize that he is not who he believed he is, and to go in search of his mother.
Best Novel of the Year — Military Writers Society of America, Finalist
Best Novel of the South — Willie Morris, Finalist
Best Novel with a Romantic Element — Dear Author, Finalist
About the Author
His French Letters novels are widely praised for their portrayal of America in the 1940s, both at home and in the Second World War, and as Americans evolved from the experience of that war into the consumer society of the baby boom generation. Children of a Good War is the third book in that series. The first book, Virginia's War, was a Finalist for Best Novel of the South and the Dear Author 'Novel with a Romantic Element' contest. The second volume, Engaged in War, won the silver medal for general fiction at the London Book Festival, among other awards.
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 also is the author of several published articles on the craft of writing and on early 20th century history.
His work in progress is Shades of the Deep Blue Sea, a mystery-adventure novel about two sailors and a girl, set on a Pacific island World War II.
Jack lives in Austin, Texas. Visit him at jwlbooks.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The world has known many wars in the generations of the characters of Jack Woodville London’s novel, Children of a Good War, and war has affected many lives in different ways. The story starts with a cool vignette of post-WWII Britain, then moves swiftly into small-town American drama, with warring brothers, insults and mystery. But it’s all tied together in a mix of tales taking readers across continents, introducing fascinating characters and cultures, and reminding, painfully, that war begets evil, folly and mistakes, just as surely as we’ll find the same in peace. Children of a Good War tells of warring families, warring nations, and warring groups within nations. It tells of a young man’s search for his history, and the curious mysteries of what he discovers. It tells of secrets and lies with unintended consequences… and always with that element of innocent surprise. A complex novel that stands alone so well I didn’t even realize it was part three of a trilogy; a powerful novel that invites the characters to question what they know and what they’re told; an authentic novel of different times and places; and a tale for all times, told with genuine humor and pathos, reminiscent of Kent Haruf in its deep humanity; Children of a Good War is highly recommended. Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I love it.