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.
"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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Fabulous story, excellent narration
- Ellen L