Soldier's Son is as true as the history of war
gets: not the forensics of battle, but the recursive memories of a
fatherless boy in a Valvoline cap, whose first knowledge of his father
is a gold-starred name on the hero's wall of his hometown. McClelland's
eye for the small-town ties that bind the wounds of war brings to mind
Thornton Wilder at his best.
-- Cynthia Shearer
In this unusual memoir Ben W, McClelland tells of growing up in an extended
family that included his widowed mother, his brother and sister, aunts and
uncles, and grandparents in the years following the death of his father in a
prisoner of war camp in Germany during World War II. McClelland was too young
at the time to have any memory of his father, yet his life-and death-would
become the focus of the author's lifetime search. Soldier's Son is a sensitively
written and heartwarming book.
-- Charles East
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