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Publisher's Summary

A moving tale of the unshakable bond between two brothers set against a backdrop of family secrets, loyalty, and small town life. Earl "Earwig" Gunderman is sixteen-years-old when the world is thrust into war and his older brother Jimmy is shipped out to the Pacific theater. Being what they used to call simple-minded, Earwig must cope without the protection of his revered older brother as he strikes out towards independence and adulthood. The worry over Jimmy's safety breathes life into a secret that cripples his parents' marriage, and when Jimmy is listed as missing in action the family begins to collapse. After three years as a prisoner of war, Jimmy returns home almost unrecognizable: broken and frail, a shadow of the young man he used to be. And Earwig is thrust into a role he never could have imagined: protector to someone who had always protected him.
©2005 Sandra Kring; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Heartfelt....Strong characters, a clear community portrait, and a memorable protagonist whose poignant fumblings cloak an innocent wisdom demonstrate Kring's promise." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Barbara on 10-28-11

Fabulous story, excellent narration

I thoroughly enjoyed this listen from start to finish. Sandra Kring's writing is superb, and the narrator does a wonderful job of bringing it to life. I'm going to look for more by this author.

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By Ellen L on 02-14-07

Fine read

A fine book. Simply told. Great reader. Nicely balanced ending.

By coincidence, I read this after reading Army at Down. The historical background of Operation Torch gave me insight and personalized the turmoil that was the collective experience of WWII. Made this novel particularly moving. I recommend this book.

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By BillyBlackBear on 04-27-15

'Stand by me' meets 'Forrest Gump'

This is a remarkable book, beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. Funny sad and enlightening in equal measure I just wanted it to go on and on.

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