President Johnson described the war in Vietnam as “Just the biggest damn mess I ever saw.” Nevertheless, he proceeded to escalate, and the confusion, bungling, slaughter, and destruction dragged on for years. A high school student, Eddie, is caught demonstrating against the war, drafted, and whisked off to ‘Nam while his girlfriend, Nora, starts college in the middle of the anti-war furor. He is posted to Bravo Company in a firebase overlooking a small village whose inhabitants harbor mixed sympathies. Bravo and Honeyville proceed to play out the inevitable and tragic absurdity of the conflict. An edgy story out of an unsettled time.
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About the Author
Stan Washburn is a painter, printmaker, and, more recently, a writer. His art is in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Portland Art Museum, among others. His work is low-concept—images of things he sees or wishes he could see around him—and inclines to the whimsical and mildly absurd. His writing, a more recent vocation, is similarly based on experience and sympathetic observation.