The love of family. The heartbreak of war. The triumph of
1940. Rural Wisconsin. Sixteen-year-old Earl “Earwig”
Gunderman is not like other boys his age. Fiercely protected by his older
brother, Earwig sees his town and the world around him through the prism of his
own unique understanding. He sees his mother’s sadness and his father’s growing
solitude. He sees his brother, Jimmy, falling in love with the most beautiful
girl in town. And while Earwig is unable to make change for customers at his
family’s store, he is singularly well suited to understand what other people in
his town cannot: that life as they know it is about to change; the coming war
will touch them all.
For Jimmy will enlist in the military. And Earwig will watch
his parents’ marriage buckle under the strain of a family secret. And when
Jimmy returns—a fractured shadow of his former self—it is Earwig’s turn to care
for him. His struggles to right the wrongs visited upon his revered older
brother by war, women, and life are at once heartwarming and riotously funny.
Their family and town irrevocably altered, Earwig and Jimmy fight to find their
own places in a world changed forever. Download and start listening now!