Zach, a young veteran, contemplates suicide after a horrific tour in Afghanistan when Ernest Hemingway appears and stops him. He enrolls in college where he falls in love with Jessica, a young woman from a wealthy family. Her love stabilizes him, and Hemingway's appearances become less frequent, until she doesn't return to school after break. He confronts her father who tells him he is not to see her again. Alone, haunted by the wars, and with his friend Hemingway pestering him, he descends into alcoholism. Teaming up with one of Zach's army buddies, and in defiance of her parents, Jessica searches for him. But will they find him in time to save his life? And is her love enough to help him find redemption?
|Publisher:||Rogue Phoenix Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)|
About the Author
James Charles is a U.S. Army Veteran and served in The Middle East, Honduras, Europe and the United States. He is currently an administrator with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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My War with Hemingway based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The one word I would choose to describe James Charles' novel is stunning. I give it a 5 out of 5 star rating. It is a love story. It is also a novel that delves into the morass of the PTSD so many veterans deal with after serving in the military. Add to this the genius of Charles' use of Hemingway, a writer who fought in and chronicled his experiences in war, as a ghostly guide for Charles’ character, Zach. An aspiring journalist, Zach’s new battle is on two fronts—enduring his PTSD while dealing with the loss of the woman he loves. The characters are strong and the plot line is riveting. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written, well-constructed novel.
James Charles has written a very moving portrayal of veterans who have great difficulty making it in civilian life after having lived through some horrific combat. The surprise for me was that this is really a love story! It is a boy meet girl, boys loses girl story. Charles shows how difficult it is, through the voice of the main character, to have a so-called “normal, loving and intimate relationship.” It also deals with addition, PTSD and other contemporary issues currently debated in American today. That was a surprise for me! No matter what you believe, it clearly lays out the premise that these soldiers, no matter who they are, or wherever they come from, served so that they can have them same, “equal” liberty everyone else in America today has, or should have as guaranteed by our Constitution. The story begins with a brief combat scene, and once you “live” though the horrors that these boys go through, it is a story about what comes after in civilian life. I “highly” recommend this story for “all Americans” so they realize and understand how difficult is for our veterans. I couldn’t help thinking while reading this story that it unfolds in many ways cinematically and would make an excellent and moving film! I completely empathized, cried along the way, and rooted for these veterans to make it! If it were made into a film with one of those young “girl magnet” actors, they would flock to see this true love story.