The Good American: A Novel Based on True Events

The Good American: A Novel Based on True Events

by Ursula Maria Mandel


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The Good American: A Novel Based on True Events by Ursula Maria Mandel

The last thing Major Ted Whitman expected in the summer of 1948 was to fall in love with Ruth Karstens, a destitute but spirited young widow with two small children. Recently divorced and newly stationed in Germany, his mind is set on a career as a fighter pilot. But when Ruth stands before him in her mended dress and her proud demeanor, begging him get her passage to war-torn Berlin, he falls hard and is ready to do anything to help her. The Russians are about to blockade the city, and Ruth is determined to get her sister's child out before that happens. Fate, however, has other plans. Just as her train pulls out of the city, the Russians start the blockade, stop all transportation, and leave her stranded. Confident that ingenuity and pluck will help her to survive the journey home through enemy territory with a five-year-old, Ruth sets out on foot.
Forty years later, fate brings Ted's son Alex and Ruth's daughter Penelope together. The memories they share of their parents weave a tapestry of courage, sacrifice, and of a love strong enough to survive insurmountable odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595160327
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2001
Pages: 249
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Ursula Maria Mandel is the author of three much loved novels, The Good American (2001), Diary of a Naïve (2010), and The Tenant: A Love Story (2013). She has also published a number of short stories and essays, a collection of humorous cadet stories from the Virginia Military Institute, and a children's e-book, Bo on the Fence Post. Her short story, Deader'n a Doornail, was broadcast by NPR in February, 2003.

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