Everything After

Everything After

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Penguin Putnam
Nineteen-year-old Iris Sunnaret and her three siblings live happily in a family that adopted them after their mother's accidental death. The youngest of the children, Iris has few clear memories of her mother and father, and no reason to question anything she's been told by the adoptive parents she loves and trusts. She believes her world is secure, knowable, immovable.

Then history intervenes, in the form of the Vietnam War. Her two brothers are drawn into the conflict, and both, according to the official records, die bravely in combat on the same day. But a soldier who served in their platoon appears on the family's doorstep months later, offering to tell them what really happened. Your younger son saved my life many times over, he says, and the last time he saved me he did it by killing your older son, to save the platoon from being led into irresponsibly dangerous situations.

The family-except Iris-dismisses the man as a disturbed alcoholic. She decides to find out what really happened, seeking out other witnesses, researching other official records. The path she follows brings her into the Iroquois Nation, into an Italian neighborhood of a small upstate New York town, and into parts of her own past that she hasn't visited. She uncovers secret after secret, unraveling the picture she once had about herself, her sister, and her supposedly idyllic family life.

Heartbreaking and redemptive, Everything After is a classic drama about the forces that can change a family, and the clash of the personal, the moral, and the political on the wartime home front.

Baker & Taylor
Unable to forget the suspicious report of a Vietnam soldier who has cast doubt on the reputation of her brother, who died honorably in combat, adopted Iris Sunnaret sets out to find out the truth about her brother's activities, a search that reveals unsettling facts about her biological family. By the author of What Happened to Henry. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Nineteen-year-old Iris Sunnaret, her sister Angie, and brothers Perry and Eddie live happily in a family that adopted them after their mother's accidental death and their military father's abandonment. The youngest of the children, Iris has few clear memories of her mother and father, and no reason to question anything she's been told by the adoptive parents she loves and trusts. She believes her world is secure, knowable, immovable.
But then history intervenes in the form of the Vietnam War, and her brothers are drawn into the conflict when they volunteer to serve overseas. Neither returns - Eddie's body and dog tags are recovered in a jungle clearing, and Perry simply vanishes. According to official records, both died bravely in combat on the same day, but a man who served in their platoon appears on the family's doorstep months later, offering to tell them what really happened. Perry saved the lives of the men in his platoon countless times, the man says, and the last time he saved us, he did it by killing his brother.
In an instant, Iris's idyllic world is gone. Her family dismisses the veteran's nightmarish story as false, and tries to move past their loss. But confusion and grief pit them against one another. Angie, who had always been Iris's protector and confidante, breaks away and plunges into dangerous political and sexual alliances. When Iris reaches out to her, hoping for reconciliation, Angie insists that now everyone must choose a side. You can't be the peacemaker, the baby in the family, anymore, her sister says. That's over.
Finally, Iris takes the only stand that she can imagine, and sets out to find what really happened to her brothers. The path she follows brings her into unfamiliar territory: the Iroquois Nation, the Italian neighborhood of a small New York town, and buried parts of her own past. What she discovers will tear apart and then reweave her relationship with her sister, and propel her into adulthood and the liberating and consuming experience of love.

Baker
& Taylor

Unable to forget the report of a Vietnam soldier which cast doubt on the reputation of her brother, adopted Iris Sunnaret sets out to find out the truth about her brother's activities, a search that reveals unsettling facts about her biological family.

Publisher: New York : Putnam, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780399153501
0399153500
Branch Call Number: FIC Pywell, S 2006
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 24 cm

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