The Coldest Night

The Coldest Night

by Robert Olmstead
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The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead

Henry Childs is just seventeen when he falls into a love affair so intense it nearly destroys him. To escape the wrath of the young girl’s father, Henry joins the Marines, arriving in Korea on the eve of the brutal battle of the Chosin Reservoir—the defining moment of the Korean War. There he confronts an enemy force far beyond the scope of his imagining, but the challenges he meets upon his return home, scarred and haunted, are greater by far.
From the steamy streets of New Orleans to the bone-chilling Korean landscape, award-winning author Robert Olmstead takes us into one of the most physically challenging battles in history and, with just as much intensity, into an electrifying, all-consuming love affair.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616202774
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 444,178
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Olmstead is the author of eight books. The Coldest Night was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012, a Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Fiction Book of 2012, and an Amazon Best Book of 2012. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award and was a #1 Book Sense pick. Far Bright Star was the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant and is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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The Coldest Night 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
gaylelin More than 1 year ago
Love it or Hate it THE COLDEST NIGHT by Robert Olmstead is like no other book I've ever read. There is no other about which I can say, "This reminds me...." I love the style of writing. I hate the subject matter yet I couldn't stop reading. I did stop twice but just long enough to let the tears subside so I could get back to the matter at hand. Most of the book is about the battle of the Chosin Reservoir, the decisive battle of the Korean War. Never have I read such a vivid battle scene; I don't know if I could survive another. It bolstered my hate of war and what it does to the young people who give their all for the good of the machine. It highlights the friendships bonded in war. Before Henry went to Korea, he had a passionate love affair with a girl, Mercy, from the good side of the tracks. Her family disapproved and sent Henry running for his life. He left his mother, whom he loved dearly. He knew nothing of his father. He was seventeen years old. Way too young to face the horrors of war. He came home a year later scarred in body and spirit and unable to settle down. I kept wanting him to see Mercy again. I'll give nothing away. This book will wring you dry.
Atthebeach More than 1 year ago
It's a raw love story. And a gut-wrenching war story. I couldn't imagine identifying with the main character, a teen boy named Henry, but I did. As only a teenager, he loved with such pure and raw and powerful love---if only most men loved like that. And in war, at only 17, he felt and fought and killed and saved and survived beyond imagining. He's the soldier you would want at your side. (The author's description of war is too real and so chilling.) But what it all did to Henry, the tearing away of his love and the agonies of the worst of war, feel so real you begin to understand what he became after. What he became after is so painfully raw, but so true. I totally got it. And the resolution is.....well, I can't tell you that. This is a powerful read. I just wanted a few more chapters, though Olmstead helped me imagine how Henry's story would end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this on a suggested booklist. The claim was that it is amazing, heart wrenching, and tear jerking. While not the worst book I have read, it certainly paled in comparision to even mediocre novels. Slow, predictable, and anti-climactic.
crafterjtf More than 1 year ago
Have not finished it yet, but so far okay.