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In the summer of 1984, the war in Vietnam came home to Sam Hughes, whose father was killed there before she was born. The soldier-boy in the picture never changed. In a way that made him dependable. But he seemed so innocent. "Astronauts have been to the moon," she blurted out to the picture. "You missed Watergate. I was in the second grade."

She stared at the picture, squinting her eyes, as if she expected it to come to life. But Dwayne had died with his secrets. Emmett was walking around with his. Anyone who survived Vietnam seemed to regard it as something personal and embarrassing. Granddad had said they were embarrassed that they were still alive. "I guess you're not embarrassed," she said to the picture.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I’m still under the spell of In Country—a wonderful experience starting right on the first page.” 

    Anne Tyler, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A brilliant and moving book...a moral tale that entwines public history with private anguish.” 

    New York Times

  • “Nobody surpasses Mason at reproducing (and dramatizing) details and attitudes of small town life…It’s a triumphant characterization.” 

    Saturday Review

  • “This is the modest, beautiful, touching story of how Sam discovers…who her father was and what the Vietnam war was about. A number one novel.” 

    Playboy

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by TMJ Jennings | 2/12/2014

    " A young girl uncovers the truth about her father who fought in the Vietnam War. Insight into American attitudes to Vietnam woven around a rich piece of storytelling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amy | 2/11/2014

    " I have liked other books by Bobbie Ann Mason and really liked them, but there was something about this book. I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James | 2/8/2014

    " I've been meaning to read this book for a long time...ever since I saw the film in 1989 with my dad, a Vietnam Vet. The prose works on a level of heartbreak and loss that is rare in most books. The thoughts of Sam, the main character, are so random and detailed and weird, they ring true. I thought the ending would be more of an emotional payoff; in the movie, the scene at the Vietnam Wall in D.C. is the high water-mark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Casey | 2/7/2014

    " It was a good book. I had to read it for English Writing 300. "

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About the Author
Author Bobbie Ann Mason

Bobbie Ann Mason is a bestselling author, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, American Book Award, and PEN/Faulkner Award. Her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky.