A stirring novel about idealism laid waste and the haunting, redemptive bonds of friendship. Red Rover tells the story of three Montana men who get swept up in the machinations of World War II and its fateful aftermath. As boys, Aidan and Neil Tierney ride horseback for miles across unfenced prairie, picturing themselves as gauchos, horsemen of the Argentine pampas. A hundred miles away, Roland Taliaferro wants only to escape the violence and poverty of his family. As war approaches, Aidan and Roland join the FBI. Roland serves Stateside while Aidanin a gesture as exuberant as a child in a game of Red Roverrequests hazardous duty and is sent as an undercover agent to Nazi-ridden Argentina. Neil becomes a B-29 bomber pilot.
Aidan returns to Montana ill, shaken, and divided from Roland over the FBIs role in the war. On a cold December day in 1946, he is found fatally shot, an apparent suicide. The FBI stays silent. Only when Neil and Roland are very old men, meeting by chance in a rehabilitation facility, does Aidans death become illuminated, atoned for, and fully put to rest. This beautifully crafted, far- ranging novel will catch readers up in the grace and hard truths of the lives it unfolds.
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"Starred Review. McNamer's insight into her damaged cast generates a deep emotional response that builds toward a reunion and revelation that bring satisfaction, if not peace." - PW.
"Ms. McNamer's novel is vividly observed and original [actually entirely engrossing] in its conception. She's a wonderfully smart and surprising sentence-writer, and the burnish on this work has left not a word out of place. This is 'the novel as story-telling.' And it is of a very high order." - Richard Ford.
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Deirdre McNamer is the author of the acclaimed novels Rima in the Weeds, One Sweet Quarrel, and My Russian. She has won praise for the intelligence, beauty, precision, and sweep of her fiction. Red Rover is her first novel in seven years.
McNamer teaches in the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) program at the University of Montana, Missoula, and chaired the fiction panel that judged the 2011 National Book Awards
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