AMARYLLIS. It was the name of the ship that ran aground on
Singer Island, Florida, during a hurricane in 1965. It became a battle cry for
Jimmy Staples and his older brother, Frank, and a code word for going surfing
together. But now that eighteen-year-old Frank is off battling the enemy (and
his own addictive demons) in Vietnam and fifteen-year-old Jimmy is left to deal
with the repercussions at home, “Amaryllis” takes on an ominous new meaning—a
symbol of what happens when life places the unexpected in our paths.
Craig Crist-Evans has written a wrenching novel of a family
whose internal battles chase one son away—into the clutches of a war and an
enemy he could never have imagined. Told both from a soldier’s view and by the
brother he leaves behind, Amaryllis
is an ideal choice for students learning about the Vietnam era or for any
listener curious about the reality of war. Download and start listening now!