Lenny's Dare: A Novel of Youth in a Time of War

Lenny's Dare: A Novel of Youth in a Time of War

by M. H. Bittner


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In the summer of 1941, the Schultz family lives a modest suburban life in a small town in central New Jersey -- even as the shadow of war grows closer. Though painfully aware of the dire political climate of the time, they work hard to instill their children with wholesome American values rather than crippling existential fears. Lenny, oldest of the five children, succeeds at school, plays alley ball with his friends and siblings, and occasionally listens to the radio or his father’s conversations, which all seem to center around the events in Europe. Life is good.

That is, until the neighborhood bully, Louis, comes along. A neglected child doomed to inherit the violent, racist ways of his alcoholic father, Louis increasingly antagonizes Lenny, culminating in a foolhardy dare to see which of them is brave enough to enter the Prescotts' allegedly haunted mansion. Lenny accepts Louis's challenge not out of spite or a desire to be seen as brave, but out of a need to prove to the world what he already knows to be true: that Louis, like all bullies, tyrants, and war-mongering dictators, is a coward. The only hope for liberation lies in direct confrontation, not appeasement. Can Lenny keep the evil at home at bay while the forces of evil are gathering abroad?

Lenny’s Dare: A Novel of Youth in a Time of War captures the essential incongruity of pre-WWII American life -- a world where children at home grew, played, and went to school while great forces abroad gathered like clouds portending the deadliest storm the world had ever seen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627877534
Publisher: Wheatmark
Publication date: 11/21/2019
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 13 - 15 Years

About the Author

M. H. Bittner was born in Camden, New Jersey and lived in the southern part of the state during his youth. His father moved the family of seven to the West, and then to New England where he graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Michael prides himself as a lifelong student of literature and history as well as an avid reader, both of fiction and nonfiction. After many years in the computer software industry, he made the decision to author his first fiction novel. Michael currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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