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Before We Sleep

by Jeffrey Lent

Before We Sleep by Jeffrey Lent
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    May 2017, 400 pages

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Filled with lush prose, this intergenerational story follows a Vermont family from World War II to the dawning of the '60s.

Katey Snow, aged seventeen, leaves home one night. "There was a void within her and one that could be filled only by heading east." At first, we're not sure why she has set off, but it transpires it's because of a secret her father has told her, and some letters her mother kept. It's the early 1960s in small-town Vermont and Katey is going to Maine to look for her father's army buddy from the Second World War.

Through Katey's and her mother Ruth's alternating perspectives and flashbacks, we're drawn into the lives of two generations, and how they're affected by war, even one fought far away from home. In Ruth's case, World War II has damaged her husband Oliver in ways that prevent him from fully participating in family life. In Katey's case, Vietnam is coloring her values and beliefs, and those of her generation.

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